It has been said that to become 'the consummate trumpet player', one must have mastery of all of it. But it doesn't come all at once. I've forgotten how I got from C-D-E in my first lesson to the trumpet voluntaries a few years later. But 50 years on my comeback has given me chance to reflect on the order in which my skills started to come back, and, in particular, what needed to be reasonably well developed before I made any significant progress in other areas. It would have been useful to have this list to hand five years ago: 1) A trained musical ear - defines all objectives. 2) Stress management - misplaced or misdirected tension kills everything. 3) Controlled air support - without it there are no notes worth speaking of. 4) Good basic sound - at least one note worth speaking of. 5) Structured Intervals Training - migrates the good stuff into new areas. 6) Multiple tonguing - without fast, clean articulation there's nothing to set the pace for other skills. 7) Timing - if you can't play the rests, you can't play the notes. 8) Dexterity - now we can start getting the right notes in the right place. 9) Style - if you can't first play 'as written', it ain't style, it's just incompetence. I've omitted some nebulous skills like 'aptitude' and 'dedication' as I'm not sure these can be effectively taught, (though they are vital). And various 'ensemble skills' as they vary with personal situation. Anyone surprised I've not stuck 'Music Theory' in there? - the examining boards do. As they do 'Sight Reading' and 'Scales and Arpeggios' (added as a major component of 'Intervals Training'). What else have I missed? Edits in Red.