Okay, so I'm not THAT much of an old timer, but I am trying to get back into practice and could do with some advice! I used to LOVE banding when I was younger, but then went to do a uni course and just couldn't fit rehearsals in with lectures. Time ran away with me and it's now 5 years since I was in a band and in practice. I was never really interested in grade exams but could play pieces from the G8 syllabus (if that means anything, I don't know) and held lead positions in bands etc. I'm not looking for leads now, would be more than happy with back row (and would prefer it really) but the REAL challenge is to get my lip and playing technique "back up there" again. Last time I got my cornet out, it was a horrible experience. Imagine, I used to be able to make wonderful music, now it sounds as though a 6 year old is playing for the first time..! I still have my favourite pieces that I used to play, but even attempting them makes me sad because I just can't do it. I was wondering whether anyone had any experience of returning to playing after such a long break, and how I should start to build things up. I don't want to go too fast, but would LOVE to be able to be involved in some events around Christmas, so ideally want to get my lip in before then. My stamina is atrocious, my sound is poor, high register is non-existent, and my patience is the worst of the lot..! Encouragement would be wonderful here! Thank you! (And I also have the lovely task of actually CLEANING my cornet this weekend to allow the parts to move.. oops.. poor thing).