I've tried searching around, but this doesn't seem to be a common issue. I asked my trumpet friend, and he said that he's never really heard of anything like this. I understand that there's only so much you can do without hearing me in person, but I'm hoping there's at least something I can do about it. So, here I go.
I just started recently, but from the very first day I noticed something. Whatever I was playing (no valves of course) wasn't C. It wasn't G either. In fact, every time I blew a tone on the trumpet (open), it seemed to be giving different notes every time. So I checked the tones with a Bb clarinet, and I ended up with Eb, F, C#, Ab, and possibly a few others. I believe I got a very washed out C once, and never again. So, in an attempt to solve this, I played an in-tune C from my Bb clarinet, kept that image in my head and played on the trumpet. It would not stay at C for longer than two seconds, and would try to jump to C# or higher. It actually feels like I'm playing on an extended mouthpiece rather than a trumpet since:
1. Pressing valves doesn't actually do anything for me. I can adjust my embrouchure and bring the note up whether the valves are pressed or not.
2. A TON of pitch bending. I know that you don't get steady tones for a while, especially since i'm just starting out, but I'm talking about being able to bend up a fifth and more. I should probably repeat that this is all open.
3. The loudest that comes out is a p or mp.........
4. The sound is coming off more as a slightly louder and deeper mouthpiece buzz (like a duck)
Does anybody know what the problem seems to be? I don't think I'm playing pedal tones............if it helps, I'm not puffing my cheeks, I'm keeping the edges of my embrouchure tight, and I can buzz tunes and an octave on my mouthpiece. My issue is when my mouthpiece is put together with the trumpet......