Hey Folks: First off, thanks to everyone's help with my comeback journey. I'm sure I would've lost my fire otherwise... Well, I think I've had some amazing highs and lows so far. My playing has definitely improved from a year ago, and I swiftly avoided my first wall by starting lessons with a seasoned vet. But now, I find myself further away from playing comfortably in front of a mic. I still miss notes from time to time, my tempo gets nutty from time to time, and my face-time with my horns is never as much as I'd like. I pick up my horn, and jump right into magic notes, lip slurs, and Arban scales. Yes, they're the basics, the foundation, the necessary routine. But I'm not about to record my slurs and scales, or perform them. Okay, I'm just whining...and now back to our regularly scheduled programming.