I took private lessons my last year in High school and I've learned much more the last month by searching the internet and sifting through all the good and bad advice on other peoples interpretation on how to play the trumpet and experimenting to figure out how I think the trumpet should be played. I expect my views will evolve and I plan to always try to collaborate and rub shoulders with as many great trumpet players and musicians as I can and get their take and ideas on things. I know how I want to play and sound, and I know how to get there by listening, observing, experimenting, and practicing things I discover to be effective for me. I would much rather spend my time observing and sifting through the plethora of available ideas around the internet and listening/watching others play and use that to take what I think works for me to shape my style of playing.
For example some people would say you need to sound like Dizzy Gillespie or Miles Davis so get them to teach you and get it together. Well I can't stand either of these trumpet players sound or over all style. They sound sloppy to me, I don't like the core sound these players play with, and would never want to sound like them. That is just their interpretation of how a trumpet should sound and though many people happen to agree and like them, I do not. I think I'm much better off putting together the trumpet jigsaw puzzle without paying someone to tell me how to do it.