I'm getting back into banding and I'm trying to improve superfast. I would like to be a very very good player - better than I was when I gave it up - 17 years ago. So far I have - - chromatics - scales and arpeggios - rangy slurs etc, arban-style. - fast tonguing, single, double and triple. - tricky bits from the band folder. - silent trills, to speed up difficult valve combinations (like -1- to 1-1). - long slow melodies (for the tone building), very loud and very quiet. - expressive, jazzy tricks I'm spending an hour or two a day on that lot. But one thing I'm not getting yet is pitching. The first note in any given piece is usually a bit rough, because I'm not able to mentally pitch it before I play it. How should I practice to fix that? Would you add anything else? Do you have a practice regime, and if so, what's in it?