Something to note here - and this is just an observation - but there is a faction here on the board who approach young aspiring players with the attitude that the only way they can ever "succeed" as a player is to get a teacher and take the act of learning the trumpet and all that goes with it - breathing, technique, technical studies, etc, etc ad nauseum - VERY seriously. In fact, they'd better get on the ball OR ELSE! Or at least that's the way it seems sometimes. Have we forgotten why we do this? I realize that the ultimate goal is to gain a level of proficiency so that making music is easier and the trumpet becomes an extension of that expression, but I believe that there are many roads to the same destination. Some twist and wind around a bit, and some people wind up having to dig out of bad habits here and there, but at the end of the day, shouldn't playing trumpet and making music be something we do for fun or some other kind of fulfillment or enjoyment? That has always been the driving force behind why I play. It has NEVER been about mastering technical proficiency. For me, that has always been a means to an end. I do it because I enjoy the experience of making music with other musicians and sharing that music with an audience. Granted, I'm not the chopsiest player on the board, I don't have the best range, I'm not the most accurate, and my resume certainly isn't the most prolific or prestigious. But does it have to be? There are many destinations that are perfectly ok for players of all ages and abilities. Color me crazy, but from where I sit, T-Money wasn't looking for advice or for someone to offer him a solution to help him fix his current dilemma. My take was that he was simply chatting - one player to several other fellow players. Anyone who has gigged much at all can relate to what he's going through - sometimes it's just a bad night behind the horn (what I posted about) and I'd venture to guess that anyone who has played much at all has had them, no matter who you are. I once witnessed Maynard on a night where he had an awful night behind the horn - it just wasn't good at all, so if it could happen to Maynard.... Hows about we cut the kid a little slack?