I kinda figured, which urks me since I'm about the same age and can't get a absolute rich tone, just average. I'm trying I'm playing hard and trying to wear my lips out but I've been trying to player with a looser embouchure to attempt to apply more air and get a better sound overall which keeping dynamics in check Thanks, I'll try that out. I've been pushing notes of the same fingering while only using air to push the notes. I've used a 3C since I started playing, The trumpet is an different brand (I believe its called "Hawk", but professionals told me it sounds great when they used it), Also I can pedal an octave under the C and its progressing well Amazing story, when I did my piece of "Carnival of Venice" I kept pacing pretty well and I tried not to over practice, I was terrified but somehow I got 39/40, and I listened to other trumpet soloists blow me away in their sound and style. I need to find my own. Volume, check. I always record me playing and compare and I can hear when I'm weak in places pretty clearly cause the mic is sensitive, overall I don't sound as bad as I think but its still not enough. I'll do what I can, but I want to at least sound clearer and more professional Yes I hear all of you and I'm terribly sorry, I didn't see the 2nd page :/ I appreciate all youre guy's help seriously.