Hey! New here...I signed up a while ago but never posted.
Well, I'm graduating college in April and I'm starting to think a lot about my future and all the things I want to do, and now I'm really regretting not playing trumpet when I was younger. I almost did in the 4th grade when the school band started, but my parents insisted on private lessons instead and I was a super stubborn kid who hated school and anything not related to art, and only wanted to draw...so I didn't take up music. I tried learning guitar at age 15, but didn't find it particularly fun and gave up, so I took up harmonica instead and immediately loved it and stuck with it. It's a very personal instrument.
Now at 23 years, I'm really excited to finally learn how to play. With the harmonica, I read tabs, play by ear, and play blues improv so I don't have training in music theory. I know the notes, but can't read sheet music. I bookmarked a lot of sites for music schools and teachers that are in the city I'll most likely end up living this spring/summer.
I read a lot about people learning to play at an older age, but I figured better to start now than later, and heard some people start way into their 50's and it gave me hope. I read some encouraging and discouraging things...but I'm not at all turned off by it. I don't plan on becoming amazing enough to play in a symphony orchestra, like the harmonica I wanna play for my own enjoyment and want to be at least good enough to play in front of friends and family and maybe jam with random people and not sound like a dying elephant haha. I do hope my knowledge of harmonica playing will help me a little bit...I know they're pretty different, but both require breath control and embouchure so hoping that helps a bit, even if the technique is completely different (which it probably is haha.) I know young kids soak up information much quicker and don't care that they sound bad, and adults feel more "embarrassed" about playing badly...but I'm pretty adamant about getting good at things, being patient, and working towards goals.
I'm in the animation field so sometimes it can be stressful work and playing music really relaxes me and calms me down. I heard as an adult finding the time to play can be an issue but I really doubt I won't at least have 30 min- 1 hr a day to practice. There's not much else going on in my life. The biggest issue is I'll most likely be an apartment/condo renter for at least a while...I looked into the silent brass system and heard mixed reviews, and I will most definitely need a place to play without the mute. I have a friend who is a trumpet player and hopefully I can go to him and practice and he won't mind.
I'm mostly looking for advice from people that started later in their life, apartment dwellers, and advice for good beginner trumpet models...or anything else that can help me!