I gave up the trumpet as a professional career choice about 25 years ago. Since then, I've picked it back up for fun, on and off. I've gone months at a time without playing a note. On those occassions when I've got inpsired and started playing again, it's required a lot of patience to refrain from trying to do too much too quickly,especially when it comes to my range. Invariably, my motivation would wear off as I realized that playing at an advanced level required too much work - more than I had the time to devote. This last time I've tried a different approach. About two weeks ago, I joined this forum and started playing again but with a much more patient approach. I have completely stopped worrying about the higher notes and only concentrated on making the best possible sound with the lower notes. For a week, I never played anything above C on the staff. I play songs an octave down, if I had to, to keep it below C.. After two weeks, I decided to explore notes above C, and was amazed at how little effort it took to get to the F on the staff, then G, A, B and high C. Also, I am not getting fatigued the next day after practicing. The good-day, bad-day problem seems to have leveled off quite a bit. When I get tired, I go back to work on playing low notes and songs and exercises an octave down. More than anything else, I'm having more fun by taking it less seriously and not putting the pressure on myself that I need to develop my range all at once. What are your thoughts on this? Has anyone else found progress through patience and better sound and range by working on the lower register?