I had my first lesson with a Trumpet teacher on Tuesday and it was great! He gave me some studies to do out of the Arbans book, Technical studies for Cornet and Rubanks; all with specific objectives. There is a lot of material including some melodic stuff largely to keep me busy as we are not able to get together for another lesson for three weeks or so. I had a great Practice session on Wednesday before My Karate class and it was good, I sounded good, the exercises were a reach but were coming along. Now I have a cold, cannot play as it is hard to breathe, throat is bad etc. Last night I did some mouthpiece buzzing to keep everything in working order but not for too long as my wife looked as though she wanted to slap me. I got out my Arbans book and a metronome and started practicing the stuff I donâ€™t know in my head with the metronome focusing on sound (in my head), timing, breathing and fingering; all without the horn. This worked beautifully as I need to work on my sight reading and this helps me make sense of things, best of all I didnâ€™t need to stop and rest! I have a whole weekend likely without the horn unless I am feeling a little better. Does anyone have suggestions on how to practice when you have a cold and cannot play? How do you keep in shape and productive when you are knocked out? Sniff. Help. Cheers!