Egads I'm actually makin' progress!
I've decided to start picking out passages from songs I recognize and start playing them by ear then writing them down in notation once I have figured them out.
Today I did 2... to warm up I messed around with "All my Lovin" after hearing Alpert's version, then I went into the theme music from "Star Trek".
The melody line starting on open G works out those harmonic intervals I struggle with (starts out with a slur to F?), and helps to increase my range. I cannot get to the high note at the climax of the snippet yet but I will... I think it may be a G#..
I'm almost getting comfortable with E-F up there and open G up there is a stone's throw away. I can tongue it briefly but cannot yet slur to it. Remember, by 'up there' I mean just at the top of the staff not where you pro guys hang up there an octave higher...
Now, playing middle C and D are just as facile as any notes below them... I have extended my range!!!!!
Now I know what the future will bring... I imagine it will go on like this ad infinitum but of course the acquisition of new notes and comfort levels will slow down over time I imagine.
I'm starting to figure out how my embouchure works by paying attention to what gets tired first. Can't put it into words but what gets tired first is what I have to develop.
It sure is fun getting back into it as a comebacker - what I really enjoy is the speed at which facility and musical thought processes return - even after so many years - now if only my fingers and embouchure could cash the checks my brain is writing!