The most important wepon in a musicians armoury, yet also the easiest to disarm him/her of. An ill-chosen word from a conductor or section partner can undermine everything, yet a well-placed little word of encouragement from the same can work wonders and turn a decent performer into a star player. It never ceases to amaze me the difference that a few words can make. I recently moved instruments, from Eb to BBb bass. Practices are going a little better now, and I'm turning into a BB player, rather than a failed Eb player. OK, my top register's almost completely dissapeared, but my low register has improved vastly, as has my lung capacity. I thought it was just the instrument I wasn't used to, but having played Eb a couple of times on carolling jobs, I've realised I was completely wrong. It's not the technique I'm struggling with on my new instrument. It's confidence. All my bandmates have been very supportive, bless them, and my section principal has practically carried me for the last few months, but it's not fair on them when I'm scared of passages I should be able to play in my sleep. I wish I could have posted this anonymously because I'm a bit ashamed of much I'm struggling behind the scenes. How do I get back the confidence I had when I was an Eb player? I could look at a run or arpeggio and knock it straight out. Now I feel worried I'll goof it up before the mouthpiece hits my lip, and I feel like I'm not pulling my weight sometimes. Any advice greatly appreciated.