Hi all, I am 18 and have been playing now for a few years. I feel I make quite a nice sound at times but without a doubt my greatest weakness is my range. I have been fortunate to receive one off lessons with some quite high profile players in the past but I was a little young and so can't remember all info that was taught-I was a bit naive I guess. I really enjoy trying to seek tips on the internet from many tops players such as hardenberger, vizzutti, andre etc. And so with regards to playing high and playing in general here is what I have read is best: 1. Relaxed deep breath (immediately exhale-don't hold breath) and being relaxed in general 2. good embouchure (the less thought about it the better according to Vizzutti) 3. Hearing the note in your head before playing 4. Not too much pressure That's a general list but here is the one that brings the most confusion: 5. Support the airflow. Now forget controlling the diaphragm...it's involuntary we all know this. I have mainly read that it is abdominals that provide breath support for the high notes BUT many people say that you shouldn't actively contract the abs but instead you should just blow harder whilst staying relaxed and the body will naturally do what's best. BUT then I have read this from hardenberger who clearly knows what he's talking about: "On breath support, Hardenberger warned Osborne and us against getting all the support knotted up too high in the body, which he feels leads to tension and a strangling of the tone. The support must be moved lower - about one inch below the navel is the crucial point, the strongest point, he tells us, in the body." Now how does everyone interpret this? Just tense this low down point below the navel? Something else? Please may someone help me with this issue. I desperately need help. Any opinions on the subject would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Rob.