Hello I am an incoming junior in high school and a section leader. The thing is, I think I am having issues with either my overbite (downstream) playing,playing with too much pressure or both. I am stuck on the range of hitting an A right above the staff and not even consistently. Or even after playing about 2 lines of a first part song my tone goes downhill and I can't play well at all untill I rest about 30 seconds (then it repeats.)
I don't know what to do because I was in wind symphony (the top group) but due to schedule conflicts I am probably going to be in symphonic band first chair playing all those solos and first parts in which I can't even play a full song... I have tried ALL the youtube videos out there about trumpet and practiced hours consistently throughout days, and even have (hard to admit..) cried over frustration because I feel like I can't fix my problem with playing. Now I am stuck with the reputation that I am a good player but I'm not because I only made it in to the top group for my sight reading skills. The pressure of the whole band feels so heavy with all these expectations... I really want to just PLAY A SONG without my lips feeling like jello after 5 seconds when I can actually finger and read the music perfectly...
I have asked my dad about private lessons a while back but it didn't seem like he was very supportive. Maybe I should ask again? But I don't konw if I can start back to square one with so little time. Oh and I have all these AP classes and club activities so I will not have a lot of time to actually practice, but if I do have time itll be on saturday. BUT!! the thing is, I REAAALLY LOVE BAND. It's just amazing. I don't want to quit because my band has been to the rose parade and a lot together.
Thank you for reading my frustrations on life and yeah.. please help.