Answers to the question "why" on request. I've just started playing in a wind band that have a large repertoire and do quite tricky stuff (in particular 1812 Overture The Problems: only just started reading music have to transpose tuba parts (which go down to G below E, if not futher, and having 4 leger lines does me 'ead in) struggling to get to grips with fretless intonation of Ashbory bass got about 20 pieces to play they're hard even if you can read. Wind bands like their flat keys. Many have SIX (count them) flats and fast phrases with complicated rhythms packed with accidentals. I can't focus and am feeling overwhelmed, aggravated and sorry for myself. I end up transposing the pieces up to bass range and practising clean fingering on the Ashbory, and then run out of time and never try the pieces themselves. And so on. Any idea how to help clear my head, and on what I should be concentrating?