I have no idea what kind of progress to expect, so if someone can tell me this is normal, then fine! I am re-beginning cornet. As a kid I had many years of lessons, played in the front row of the school band, and I even have a grade 5 certificate somewhere, gathering dust. After several decades of not playing, I remember what to do, it just seems that the muscles are unwilling. I have been practicing most days now for around 6 months, now up to half-an hour practice. My general routine is: 1 - breathing 2 - lip buzzes, up, down, up down 3 - buzz in mouthpiece 4 - long notes, loud, soft, cresc, dim, etc 5 - tunes from book, or transpose anything into anything (within range) to stop brain rot The upper range has been a question of 1 step forward 2 steps back. I'll consistently get a B (middle line) but really struggle with a C. That is, I can squeeze it out but I'll knacker myself. That's fairly much where I was around January. I'm being really strict with myself about using lots of air and not lip pressure. I remember as a youngster getting D, E, F, way above where I am now. What I don't remember is how long it took. And I don't know, does age have something to do with how the muscles develop? Is it possible I just can't do it? What I really struggle with is how much to push myself. I know I could really do with a teacher, but finances won't allow that just now - maybe next year. Help appreciated!