Hello everyone. I started playing trumpet again 2 year ago after not touching it for 25 years. When I got back into it, I down-loaded some excersises from the 'net, and bought an etude book to practice. Now I seem to have come to a "stand-still"-playing the same stuff day after day, I am dilligent on my tone work,which I feel is the most important aspect to my playing, and my endurance and range have improved, but it seems that Im just kinda stuck-not hearing any real advances in the last year. I realize I'll never have a career as a trumpet player(Im 50) but I would still like to be my beast whenever I actually get to play in public(I play guitar in my band, but we dont do any tunes that a horn would fit in, and since I play lead guitar, if I were to pick a trumpet oriented song, we couldnt do it) I just dont want to get frustrated to the point of giving up. Sorry this was long!! P.S. I may be going to the local coffee house Friday nite-just me and my horn !!