I'm starting on the basics...I've started to use my chest muscles/diaphram more and it's made pushing out high notes easier with less lip compression/pinching. I'm starting on the first pages and working through. I can't afford instruction right now but I think I'm going to get a lot better soon. Hopefully I can join our local hometown band to achieve better sight reading skills.
The fascinating thing about Arbans is that by doing dopey single half note exercises the tone development seems to improve. I have been avoiding the "doa" and utilizing the "tu" more. I have gotten the mechanics of using my tongue like a piston more refined but so much of a long way to go.
My biggest challenge now is transitioning from lower on the staff to upper staff. I seem to have a huge gap in between notes. I can either play extreme lower register, or middle upper register but never seem to go from low to high without losing pitch. One of these days I'll get it...Perhaps a 2 liter portion of water will keep me hydrated enough for greater endurance.
Is it any wonder my favorite practice room is the bathroom...great acoustics and convinience.