Advanced Lip Flexibilities (Complete) Vol. 1, page 11, #7 It's essentially just a bunch of slurs for each valve and the combinations, and goes no higher than first C above the staff. At one point for the open measures, you go from G above staff to Bb. For valve 2, you go from F# top line, to A natural. Is it "cheating" to use the normal combination (1+2 rather than 2 for A above staff)? Otherwise I have to try and slur up several times to get it. Also, sometimes I have problems slurring up or down. For instance, when I slur up from 3rd space C to E, I may go up to G instead. In addition, concerning an exercise in the same book, G above the staff to Bb became G to C. I spend about 10 minutes doing slurs from this book, which is about the time for the entire exercise. Finally, when I play a while without more than a few measures of rest, I will start to leak saliva and make the mouthpiece slippery, which is annoying. And when I started playing staccato intensive exercises, there would be a lot of saliva in the cup. That has been improving, but the mouthpiece still gets slippery when I play for a while, which makes it a little difficult to play. How do I remedy this? I have tried aiming the horn down a little, but that doesn't help a lot.