Hi all, this is my first post on the forums, but I have been reading from them for awhile now. There is a lot of great information! I thought I would introduce myself, and ask for a little bit of advice in regard to my playing.
My background: I started trumpet in 3rd grade, and played through until HS graduation. Unfortunately, as I did this, my embouchure placement went farther and farther right...and ended up almost touching the end of my mouth. My trumpet teacher at the time said if you aren't going to play professionally and just wanna do this for fun, lets just leave it. So I did. Then I decided in college I wanted to be a trumpet performance major, and began the process of putting my mouthpiece back in the center. I practiced diligently for 1 year, and while my tone and sound was very good (much fatter than before) in the normal register, I could not even really play a G above the staff. I didn't have the best range before the switch (I was no screamer), but at least playing A's and B's was possible when it came to high notes in any band/orchestra piece. I got so frustrated, and discouraged with my playing that I ended up switching majors and schools at the same time.
Anyway, for the next 3 years I did little playing. Then I met a girl in Germany, and moved here to be with her...selling my trumpet in the process to fund the move. I figured I could get one later. However, living in an apartment building, and not having the money to buy one, the last 2 years have gone by without playing. The last 5 months I have been practicing very regularly with just my mouthpiece, and just bought a new Solista Tribute trumpet which will be there in a few weeks when I move back to the states (very excited!)
From what I have been reading, I am going to be focusing on air support, long tones, pedal tones, and other exercises to strengthen my chops when I finally get back on the horn. I've been doing the best I can with a mouthpiece, but you can imagine how 20 minutes a day gets pretty dull after months of just hearing that buzzing sound. I am hoping it will pay off by allowing me a decent sound when I get the horn, but we will see.
I know that sometimes people say an embouchure change will take years to get back to where you were...and I guess that is the case with me. Because my mouthpiece was so far over, virtually zero lip is shared with how I played for my entire life as a trumpet player. So I guess getting any decent range is just going to take awhile, but I thought it would be less than a year :/ Can people that have experience in this area maybe comment on that? I have also heard that some people never reach where they were, and that thought definitely bothers me.
Coming back to it, I am determined to keep at it, and treat it more as my enjoyment and fun time for half hour to an hour a day, instead of the drilling and constant measuring of improvement that it was when I was in college. I hope that I will gradually start to gain range, and hopefully find a community type band that I can play in to keep things going!
I'm looking forward to the journey, and to speaking with you all about all things trumpet related!