I've gigged with Scotty for over a decade, and I know how he built his technique. In his own words, "I locked myself in my room, smoked a lot of...(cigarettes)... and played to a lot of records." He's not classically trained - not by a long shot, but he's still one of the finest musicians I've ever gigged with. In any case, I've heard him play hundreds of solos - Scotty is one of these guys who just has a knack for playing fantastic solo lines, and he has fantastic tone in his hands. I guess what I was trying to get past was the idea that you had to put in that kind of thought and development, and I disagree that it has to be learned in a technical way. I think for those (like me, perhaps) who don't really "get it" and can't just hear it and make it happen, it's probably a great approach, but that's not where true genius lies. I think that's one of the reasons I enjoy playing drums so much - when I'm behind the kit, I'm free of thinking about it in a technical way because although I can read drum charts, if I can help it, I choose not to, and it has helped me to be a more expressive player across the board. Who'da thunk that playing drums would translate in a positive way to the trumpet? Dr. Mark....who are you? Master classes? You're obviously much higher up the rungs than this lowly weekend gigging hackster. I wonder if maybe I could wade into the intarwebs and get it figured out.