okay .. briefly
I am trying to improve my note commencemnt when playing "Classical" ( for lack of a better term). What I am trying not to do is sneak into the note. I am trying to start the note kind of like an organ .. you push the key.. the note sounds. I know to back off on the tongue and have tried softer syllables.
I have been playing Clarke's with a legatto tongue amd keep the notes almost connected as a way to building up my chops. I also am still playing alot of long tones out of the Vizzutti #1 book and playing at a soft volume.
My gut is that this is a matter of strengthing the chops so I can play with less pressure while also improving the response time.