Mr. Harmonicat, My hat is off to you. You are about to embark on an epic journey.
I am 54 years old. I played trumpet in High School, then put the trumpet away. The in December of 2012, I decided to try to play the trumpet again.
I never had a trumpet teacher in High School. My band director, a sax player, way my teacher. After getting a trumpet teacher, I now know I was not the player I thought I was. Many, many bad habits that had to be (and are still being) broken.
Get yourself a good trumpet teacher. Start this journey in the correct direction.
BTW, I love playing this darn trumpet. Sometimes it is hard to start practice, but I always end up having to force myself to stop (or my lips may fall off). True enjoyment!!! (Remember to rest as much as you play. That was my biggest mistake, playing til my lips fell off)
Good luck, I will be looking for progress posts.
Harmonicat, best advice I can offer you beyond what anyone else has said here is: lose the negitude! A lot of what you wrote in your initial post sets you up for a poor mindset. A lot of it is just supposition. Hell, you're 23 and you're talking like an old man! You want to do it, do it!
Bit of great harmonica action here:
Be patient and give yourself at least, oh, five weeks to master the trumpet. It's so hard.
So, Harmonicat - how's it going? Are you enjoying playing?
Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
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