Hi All! I figured I'd make an intro post since I have a mishmash of questions and am new on the forum.
First off my background, I'm a 30 year old, non-music professional, who played from elementary school to partway through college. I stopped playing due to lack of facilities and focusing on school and never picked it back up again until now. I'm looking to get back into it because I LOVED playing when I did. I like to think I was decent for the age level and the type of playing I was doing (school band/all county stuff) especially since I could have been more dedicated.
All that being said, I'm gearing up (figuratively and literally) to start playing again. I just have a few questions so I can make sure I'm starting right and have the tools to be the most successful and have the most fun.
- I currently have my old student horn (A lackluster Bach TR300) that I'm certain I outgrew when I was at my peak but didn't know enough then nor have the resources to get a better horn. Given I currently have the means to do so, would it be more worthwhile to get a newer (still used) horn that'll give me more room to grow into or will my current horn be fine? (I've been scouting an Olds Super around the interwebs after doing a little research)
- I live in an apartment setting so am thinking about getting a practice mute (actually a yamaha silent brass system) where nearly all of my playing will be done until I get back into shape. Will that be harmful to my learning/playing?
- Anyone that has experience starting up after a number of years without playing, was it a "like riding a bike" scenario or was it more like starting from scratch?
- Other than my giant pink Arbans, a horn, and a tuner (and aside from a good teacher), are there any other essentials I should be looking for?
I'm so excited to start playing again. Hopefully this time I'll never stop!
tldr; Played for ~10 years (elementary school, through part of college). Stopped due to finishing college and working and procrastinating. Starting up again after ~10 years off.