I need a few pointers for getting my stamina back towards the top of my range. Last night, I played the solo cornet line again for the first time since December 2006, and it certainly took it's toll on my lip! I practice 4-5 times a week, but the top of my range is still a bit shaky and sporadic to say the least. I can probably comfortably get up to an F for a full rehearsal, but G or above just wasn't there last night after about 30 minutes. (Ploughboy will probably read that sentence and do his nut!) Is it simply a case of practicing everything higher, so instead of practicing arpeggio's/lip slurring on a scale of C major, bung it up a fifth and do it on G major? After playing tricky but lower ranged back row parts since January 2007, I really found it difficult going back to the melody lines with 50% of the notes above the stave in some pieces. Any tips for a slightly concerned cornet player? :-?