Hi all, it has been a while since I last posted, but I know how friendly and helpful you all are. I thought if I write down some thoughts about progress, then perhaps a question or two might pop up, so here goes. I am preparing for grade 3, this is after 2ish years of playing, squeaking, etc, and I think I see - and even hear some improvement. Hopefully the neighbours agree, and my windows are still intact! In time I want to play with other musicians, but would hope to feel more confident first. I have seen a few adverts around my area asking for grade 5-6 players. Therefore, is it normal for players to be at this standard before they should even think of broadening their playing? I play alto by the way, but recently purchased a yamaha tenor from a work colleague who preferred to use it as a dust collector - what a waste!