I am a beginner playing the arban's. When I am through for the night struggling to play the next exercise I go back to good ol' #6 from the first studies trying to end my disasteress pratice session on a good note. I don't look at the music because I know the dynamics by heart. I just look at the valve positions there printed for me on the page. I don't know, if the whole book had the music and valve positions written for you maybe it would be easier to play from. When I was in school and played trombone I wrote the slide positions below the music and I always played better that way if I knew how the song went all I needed were the slide positions. Why can't I just play the trumpet the same way. I think I would cover more ground faster. I just can't sight read well enough and I never could. No more messing up the fingering and wondering why you suck or long pauses... What's that note. What are your thoughts.