What downer, EdMann I suppose that different strokes work for different folks, but I work a long time every day on upper register playing, and have only found that remaining dedicated to playing there, I became very comfortable. ex: I blew for 3+ hours last night in the stratosphere with a ramped up funk band. I hit my horn this morning, and felt solid. I think if you fear 'taking cash from the high-note drawer', your either stingy or broke in other departments. That's mental attitude, man. The brightside, you have a way that works for you, and I for me, AND... ppl get to read about it here, and try it all out to see what works best for them.