I am a Junior in my high school's concert band and I will say I am pretty good. Dont have too many issues with techinique, range or anything like that. I definately have been working hard (practicing as musc as three times a day), taking private lessons, spending much time on the computer lookking at forums or videos that explain trumpet techniques and fundamentals.
Well, I didnt get into the all-district band (which didnt bother me the last two years because i didnt really try) and I am kind of left confused. Could i have practiced a tad bit more, probably, but overall I came out of that audition believing that I have gave it my best shot and sounded pretty well. I had only a few technical mistakes and my sound was pretty nice (atleast according to my own judgement).
So feeling that there was few technical problems to my audition, I am left feeling that now I have discovered a whole new nest of concerns. Was my sound mature enough, was my bravado too much, did I add enough expression? Now I am really confused, and disappointed and really just want to somehow reach that next level in my playing, get to the point where I am not worrying about technicality and am just making music.
Unfortunately I really dont know where to start when it comes to practicing