I've been putting in time, but I'm an efficiency nerd. Perfect practice makes perfect, I figured axin the pros from the get-go would steepen the learning curve. I find I get the most cornet-y sound when my mind is elsewhere, after the warm-ups, etudes, transposition exercises, and longtones and i'm just playing. You dog, our comm band director told me he wanted to play Hammersmith for our next concert. Only I and a second part player even have cornets.