Summer holidays are over…and I am back to regular practicing again. Over the summer our travels did not allow for any instrument carrying so no playing…. But there was an outlet for my compulsion to play…. So for 28 days of a motorcycle trip and 15 days of camping by a lake I buzzed scales and simple parts of tunes that I learned in the past every chance I got. I learned to buzz without the horn or the mouthpiece to the point where I can buzz a scale or a simple tune - though not 100% in tune. That might not sound like much to some but for me it is a significant accomplishment because I have never been able to perform this task in any amount before. I wondered what effects I would notice when I picked up my horn again. Outside of the expected lack of endurance, as I began to play the first time back in my practice room, I hit a 4[SUP]th[/SUP] space C instead of the normal 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] line G. This has continued for several practices now and I have been able to easily play from G to C above the staff for short periods of time. I also noticed that a significant and annoying automatic jaw vibrato was significantly reduced. I know many have said that excessive buzzing with out the mouthpiece is not necessarily a good idea. I haven’t noticed any down side to my summer practice activity and the two up side benefits are welcome.