I'm currently a sophomore in high school, and we have until March 1 to make our final course selections for the next year. That means deciding whether or not to do band next year (and thus continue with the trumpet). This might be a bit of a long story, so sorry about that.
I've been playing trumpet since 4th grade, with varying levels of interest throughout the years. Right now, my interest level is pretty low. It's not that I don't like trumpet; I'm just not all that inspired by it. Unlike piano or guitar, there's not a whole lot of beautiful music around for it (at least that I've been able to find. I like Debussy, Albeniz, and Einaudi. If there's any trumpet music like this around, please show it to me!), so I'm not all that inspired to practice it. That said, I have found one song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ov6XncPkCQ. I also just got my wisdom teeth out, and I have a competition where I'll be playing La Mandolinata (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT6QC-JHQ5Y), and I'm nowhere near where I need to be for the song (I can play it all, but my lips just give out after about the second page above an e). In addition, I feel like trumpet stinks most of the time to play (if you're sick, if the instrument is cold, if you have a headache, if you've just eaten), so that's another deterrent. Lastly, I've been seeing so little progress. Yes, I can play harder music, but my endurance isn't going anywhere and I still crack loads of notes. I am only practicing max 30 mins a day, but that's because after that, I can't play anything high anymore (above a d on the staff becomes a challenge). Another part of the problem may be that I don't have a whole lot of direction -- I haven't met with my teacher in a long time.
That said, there are some days when it all comes together, the high a's flow like honey, and it all just works. Unfortunately, those days are very few and far between. Maybe I'd feel better if they were more often.
I also play piano. I have a solo prepared for an upcoming competition that I'm feeling pretty good about (it's Debussy's Arabesque 1). I'm devoting about an hour a day to it (all classical). I played up until fourth grade, then picked it back up at the start of my freshman year. I've made pretty good progress, I'd say.
Lastly, I started guitar this year. I'm not all that fantastic, but I can play a few scales and chords. There's so much advanced guitar music that I'd love to learn (Asturias, Danza del Altiplano, Rondo de Vidrio, Chaconne), but I'm only relatively new. I've also dabbled a bit in jazz, but not a whole lot (I smuggled a copy of Blues for Alice from my school's jazz band (that I'm not a part of) to learn).
I guess next year I'd like to start specializing in an instrument or two and start to get really good. I just don't know which to back off on. I've been doing trumpet for so long, and I do like it on those rare times when everything works, but piano and guitar are both just so beautiful. Does anyone have any advice?
Thanks for reading all this.