Hey all. Right I've finally put my foot down and told myself that I really want to crack on with improving my overall cornet playing. Sitting at 3rd man down at a VASTLY improving band, I need to really get to grips with my playing and improve at the same rate that the band is! There are a few key areas which I'd love to improve: 1) Quality of tone. 2) Range. 3) Tonguing. To go into slightly more detail... 1) Quality of tone. Basically, when I'm playing anything above mf my tone sounds alright. Nice and clean and not many blemishes to the overall sound. Anything mp or below however, and the sound shakes slightly and I start to get hissing sounds along with the note. The quality of tone is very low at quiet dynamics. Sometimes, at pp, I can't even produce a sound. I blow but no sound comes out. Obviously this is a problem that needs solving. Another area of tone is vibrato. I got told that the easy way to learn vib is to make a "wowowow" mouth action down the cornet and steadily increase the speed. I've got a relatively satisfactory vibrato sound but it sometimes sounds very 'sireny'. 2) Range. Sitting at 3rd man down at a (hopefully now) 3rd section band, I've obviously got to have a relatively decent range. Bottom F# to top C should be the aim really. Anything below a G i'm fine with, but G# and above and I hit major problems. My success rate for hitting a top A is probably 50%. Top Bb about 30%, top B about 15% and top C, once in a blue moon. 3) Tonguing. I always have problems connecting cleanly with a note. I can't seem to strike a note cleanly. It's not terrible, it's just I can't get the precision that other players can. Why this is I don't know. I have been learning to double tongue and can now keep it going for maybe 2 bars of 4/4 semiquavers. This is one area which I'm striving to improve and I find myself walking around at home "tukutuku"ing to myself! Any general tips (not involving Mr. Arban's Domesday Book!) would be very gratefully recieved. I really want to be a good cornet player. Improving my playing is paramount to my enjoyment of brass banding. Thanks.