Since picking up my trumpet some time ago I have been very good in taking private lessons every week in addition to playing in a number of regular performances. Recently I have also been taking once a month lesson with a local pro to work on some Jazz, improv, and everything else trumpet. In some ways I feel like the weekly thing that I do is fun / good excuse to get out of the house and work with someone to listen to me and make some suggestions from time to time, but for the most part everything I am working on now just requires practice and more practice.
Since others have probably had experience with being a 'come-back' player and possibly doing lessons have you had experience where you get lazy if you don't have the weekly lesson to commit to? (Which would go back to my thought that I just need to commit myself to practicing, but the weekly lesson sort of helps force me to take time to work on various things.)
... or maybe it is just that time of year where the 2 groups I play with take a break over the holidays so I go from a ton of commitments to none from late December to January... and I worry about taking a step back in playing ability.
So just wondering how others have stayed committed and monitored improvement over time. I know that the lessons have greatly improved my playing ability, just wondering about when the cross over point becomes me just needing to work on things myself versus taking instruction. (I don't plan on giving up the monthly pro meeting but wavering on the weekly lesson)