So school is starting back up and, ill be honest, i've hardly been practicing over the summer. It's not that I don't want to, its just that whenever i practice at home, all the notes just sound absolutely horrendous and crackly. For some reason whenever i practice at home, i just sound awful and because of that, i play horribly. Then i went to band orientation the other day (I'm section leader, but we hold orientation in the summer every year for the freshmen) expecting to sound just as bad. After talking for a while with the whole band and practicing a little marching procedure we finally broke off into sections to play for a while. The trumpets got to practice on the stage, thank god. So there i am, standing in front of my section expecting to sound completely terrible as i prepare to open with a solo (the opening to a simplified "Time of my life" for football games). I put my lips to my horn and start to play, and i'm completely surprised by how i sound. Not only are the notes resonating, but i'm able to hit all of them with good pitch and articulation. With this short burst of playing, my confidence is back up and i'm back to playing the way i know i can, albeit with a significant reduction in endurance (i'll work on that). I guess my question is this. I know the acoustics of the room you play in have an effect on the tone and resonance of the horn, but do they also have an effect on how well you're able to play? I mean, i know when i play a scale in my living room it isnt going to sound as beautiful as it does in the band room, but i swear this summer i was practically unable to play the scales at all at home. Then when i finally got to play in a good acoustic environment, i was able to play almost as well as i had at the end of the last school year. So i'll stop rambling now, and just sum it all up. Does the room you play in not only have an effect on how you sound, but on your ability to play?