Once again, I appreciate your sarcasm, harsh tone, and crass put downs, it is really something that aspiring trumpet players need to thrive in the musical world, kudos to you for helping me! So in lieu of your heartfelt response, I wanted to share the love, thus me replying with my previous post. I did learn something from your "words of wisdom" though, you talked about using too much pressure; I thank you for the tip and I truthfully will be more aware of pressure. That being said, I much more enjoyed the fact that it took you 353 words, a handful of put-downs, and a few wrongly-assumed facts to convey something as simple as "try using less pressure". I operate off of the golden rule. Treat others as though you would want to be treated. In your reply post you made it quite obvious that you were annoyed with "yet another student asking about range". It is apparent that you in your brain, have pretty much stereotyped my entire generation as "the ones who will never understand the true concept of range and how to approach it." I first of all would like to explain how that is not the case. I agree and confess; a lot of young trumpet players are obsessed with range. They try mouthpieces, they push so hard they bend teeth, they pinch, they cheat, and do anything they can to squeeze another note out. It's an aspiration towards great players like Wayne and Maynard, and what you are doing by replying so warmly to posts is not teaching, oh no trust me you are not teaching, it is ruining these kids dreams and making them like the instrument less. There is much more to the instrument than range, and most of it should be learned before range is even approached as an improvable aspect of playing. Things like dynamics, balance, tone, playing with control, musicality, and a strong music theory background are in my opinion, all "musts" before someone can even begin to remotely consider working on range. These past few sentences have been an attempt to show you that I am not some blinded-by-range kid who is looking to add an extra few "sqeakables" (your word) to his playing ability. However, I might as well not have written them because you will almost assuredly come back with another loving post talking about how I am wrong and know nothing and should believe everything you say because you have been teaching for over 40 years. In response to your latest masterpiece: (in the order that you so lovingly listed them) Finding someone who can play like you would like to, and hanging with them: I could not have stated this more clearly in my reply. I quote: "In response to one of your earlier posts, I do take lessons from a private instructor contrary to what you felt you knew" Finding musical content that needs range: I have possession of, have been playing, and am practicing pieces with a required range that I do not feel I have the most control over, hence the original purpose of my entire thread. Posture and relaxedness: A good piece of advice, I appreciate it and alike with your recommendation about pressure, I will pay attention to these aspects while trying my best to become a better player overall. Daily routine, body use and getting a life: My favorite advice, this one hit extremely close to the heart seeing as the one advising me to get a life has 13,000+ posts. "Your path to improvement is not going to be easy because you don't read to understand": just a funny side note. I am in a college-level analytical-based English class. I do in fact, read to understand. *Just felt like adding a bit of humor in here. I couldn't resist proving you completely wrong.* This will be my final post in regards to your love-filled advice. Lock the thread, take it down I do not mind at this point. I feel that I have more than adequately stated my knowledge on something that apparently I know nothing about and am completely oblivious to. I truly do appreciate the few pieces of actual advice you have given me. I look forward to working on them in efforts to improve myself as an overall musician.