I know a lot of people find it difficult to sustain loud dynamics in long passages...but I find it impossible to play loud at all! Every conductor I have ever played under has told me that I'm too quiet and no matter how hard I try, I can't play any louder! Does anyone have any suggestions? I've been told on numerous occassions that I can't be breathing properly...but this doesn't really help! I've tried shallow breaths, deep breaths, short breaths, long breaths, standing up/standing upside-down...(well, almost) and nothing works! It's driving me crazy! I also have another problem...on the rare occasions I do manage to play anything above mf, I start making odd growling noises as described here: http://www.themouthpiece.com/vb/showthread.php?t=22742 I know it's difficult to suggest anything without actually hearing what I mean, but I'm still in the process of finding a teacher and if one more person tells me to play louder I'm afraid they won't be conscious in time for the Areas. I would be VERY grateful for any help!