Hi all, I play for 2 bands and have recently moved up to the front row 4th seat in one of the bands. All is going well and I am enjoying it very much. There are a few pieces being played this year which I struggle a little with. Mostly rhythm and speed. If I play it myself it's not too bad although a little rough however the band play it much faster. Due to attendance my 4th seat sometimes looks like 2nd. In short I need to be able to play faster, both read music to fingers and mouth etc. The band does not play complex things generally and a couple I struggle with are: Great Western Themes (After the first few bars I find this difficult. The melodies are easy enough though.) An American Trilogy ( 4 bars into F if looking at the Goff Richards arrangements.) I do have a teacher who does help however I am wondering if there is something else I have missed other than having a slow brain. I admit to being impatient but so far I have been practicing the difficult bits to get the rhythm and try and increase speed. I wondered if there were any fundamentals I was missing. I just struggle to read music fast enough I guess. You have always been helpful in the past so many thanks.