I am picking up a student this week ... he is in his 40's and highly motivated. He has never had any real formal training and has asked me to help him specically with the Arbans. I am concerned about giving him too much too soon ... he will practice as long as the lesson takes him. He currently "practices" about 2 hours a day... but it isn't formal and I am not sure exactly what he is playing. I figure I will start out with the early number exercises and that should help keep the lip stress to a minimum. Emphasis the rest between exercises. No range exercises for 2 weeks? Try to keep his playing to 2/3's mf I am just not sure how much to hit him with .. Clarke's Techinical Studies... single, double, tripple tongue Sight reading... Range Exercises at the end... I am guessing he will need help with sight reading so that will help as he will be playing with a metronome at slower speeds initially. I don't believe he has any playing engagements projected but will ask. Side note... I am a real advocate of tonguing exercises.. ie Arban's pg 125 , Clarkes.. single, double etc. I just don't want the poor guy to wind up with chops wired tighter than a steel drum after a few days.