Here's an interesting situation that's difficult to describe, but I'll try! We, as performers, try to create an aural feast for anyone prepared to listen and appreciate. Skills such as production, range, phrasing and dynamics are all basics that come with sensible teaching and practice. What intrigues me is how players develop a phonetic approach to playing ... using vowel and syllable sounds (vocal styles) to enhance performance. It is the mastery of this which, for me, separates great technical players from great musicians. Now, the dilemma is this ... are these attributes naturally picked up to different degrees by wind players and is it possible to teach them to pupils successfully. We already see methods where doos, dahs, tahs, tees etc. are in practice to help range and timbre but I honestly haven't heard it being taught in fine detail for musical style. Great musicians are identified and separated by their own approach to this and great bands usually are able to use a similar, but more simplified means of contiguity (they are able to play together in similar style). How aware are you of using different vocal sounds, changing timbre (colour) as you play to create a musical experience? Is it possible for you to teach that to someone or is it down to listening and emulating until their own style emerges?