I have seen numerous posts on various websites for trumpet and very little posts on the other aspect of playing trumpet. Mainly my observation so far which in reality not that broad so maybe I missing it somewhere. But it seems that forum posts are enamoured with such subjects as: 1. High Range 2. Scales 3. Horns 4. Various Studies Now if I missed it please point the way but seems that posts concerning the mentality of playing are too few and far between. In essence how peeps prepare thier mind to practice or perform. What mental exercises one goes through. I think mental preparation while routine for some and not so routine for others should be talked about more to enhance the level of what I am calling The Aspect of Playing. I don't find much info on this, but of course I also could looking in the wrong place. As for me since I have not performed yet since my comeback I do comtemplate before I practice, I try to relax not so much in a physical sense but a mental sense, I close my eyes and try to whipe out all the crap of the day and clean my thoughts, erase my mind until my minds eye sees only black. Then I raise my trumpet and play my first note as pure as possible, no particular note but a note none the less. At which time I open my eyes and see the brightness of the sound. Just wondering if any of you has a ritual on the mental side of this endeavor?