Do you all believe that anyone can continue to get better? I have been playing for just 10 or so years, and I try, and I try to get better, but it seems all my practicing, all my playing, I just can't reach the next level. And, let me just say, that I am not THAT great of a player as it is. I am decent, I mean, I was lead my jr. and sr. years of high school, but in comparison to probably 99% of everyone on this site, I am quite crappy.
I can hit the double C, D, E, and F. Its not about range, I have that, I just can't seem to PLAY. I don't really know how to explain it. Personally, I think that a big problem I'm having is confidence. For some reason, I just can't get enough. I have a LOT more than I ever had in high school, and that has helped me achieve new levels I never thought possible back then, but I still strive for more.
I try to make my tongue move faster, but it just won't. I try to make my fingers move faster, and more accurately, but they won't. Some of my problems, I'm sure with more practice I can get better, or at least I hope. An example of this is, a couple weeks ago, in my city band, a couple pieces of music had 4 or more flats. In high school, we never really had to worry about more than 2, so I was worrying about the flats, and this caused me to get behind. If I focused on keeping up with the band, I'd hit wrong notes. I just don't know. It's just really frustrating me. I want to get better. I want to be the best. I NEED to get better. But what do I do? *sigh*