Greetings from North Yorkshire, Thanks to all those who replied to my introduction over in The Green Room some three weeks or so ago (3 weeks playing trumpet already! I should be really good by now - ha - yeah right.) In amongst all the witty banter and general abuse about being from Yorkshire (!) one or two members said to keep you informed about how I'm getting on. So far I've been practising about an hour each day most days. After some 50 years or so since playing the bugle as a lad in the Army Cadets I've focussed a lot on 'getting my lips back in' or I guess I should say 'developing my embouchure'. So far so good but in a moment of enlightenment I realised I've voluntarily thrust myself into this strange new world of something they call 'music'. (When I were a lad, 'music' was something the posh kids with rich parents went off to learn after school with private tutors.) So onto scales, clefs, slurs and all manner of new things, into deep unknown territory. Progress so far then, I've read scores of internet sites about music (see what I did there?) including an entire online book on music theory, put in a fair bit of practice learning the Major C scale, up and down - I hope that's the right way to say it. So far I can play (play:- a loose term that describes my blurting sounds) from about G below the staff to around A above the staff, and sometimes bumble out somewhere deep below the lower G (not a pleasant sound) and with effort sometimes squeak out to a high C (also not a pretty sound.) So, embouchure-wise, I think not too shabby so far. Following some advice that I read somewhere I'm also practising playing soft with light pressure and getting out of some old habits formed in early bugle playing days when everything was played at max decibels - a deliberate tactic designed to wake up the whole town on Sunday morning band practice days - they used to love us!) I'm mixing my basic practice sessions with learning a few simple tunes (got to be some fun in there right?) I've found Christmas carols lend themselves to fairly easy learning and have Silent Night, Ding Dong Merrily on High plus a couple of others including Abide With Me, Three Blind Mice and my all time favourite, Il Silenzio, which I can now play almost all the way through without looking at the sheet. Being a bit keen on technology, I've found a useful App for my iPad called 'Tunable'. This contains several learning features including a metronome, a tuner so I can get an idea if my notes are accurate (allows setting to B flat) and a very handy recorder so I can hear how bad I sound. Finally, equipment. I have a second hand Yamaha T100S student level trumpet that came with an Arnold Clark 5C mouthpiece. I've also bought a couple of other mouthpieces to try out, a Yamaha 14A4a and a 3C - thought it would be useful to see the differences. I've just bought a second hand John Packer SW251 that comes on good recommendation and which I'm hoping will provide a more 'intermediate' experience. I'm already feeling like I'm 'outplaying' the T100S (not sure if that's a meaningful term) but I feel the need to move up. You might gather I'm doing this just for fun and enjoyment, it's something I've always wanted to do. I don't expect to go anywhere with it other than enjoy it - which I am. Thanks for reading my little story so far.