I am a beginning trumpet player. I am 48 years old and it has been 35 years since I was the fourth chair in the Jr. High band. I want music in my life in part so that I can participate with my children, who to my amazement, have become wonderful young Viola players, but I must admit in a larger context just for me. I am under no illusions about my abilities, with the goal as I start out to learn the right way, to add small layers through daily hard work and to take it as it comes in regards to those two foundations. Twelve years ago I took up Wet Plate Collodion Glass Plate photography from the 1800's and that remains an incredible creative outlet for me, one in which I now, after a decade of learning, teach consistently. I reference that only to state I am aware and capable of long term learning curves. I am beginning the trumpet from a committed point of view, and realize it is a difficult endeavor. I reside in a smaller community with a limited access to trumpet teachers--both that I have found are recent college grads who teach trumpet along with several other instruments. I have read through numerous threads about embouchure and the need to 'get it right' from the beginning so that your chops are not taken down a path that is difficult to retrain. So a few questions:
1) When you know you don't know are there a small series of questions you can ask of potential instructors that will lead you to understanding that they have the fundamentals down enough to pass them along to you so that you are trained properly from the beginning?
2) I read Rowuk's strong belief that in person tutelage is much preferred, a sentiment that I agree wholeheartedly with--unfortunately Rowuk I can't move to Germany! which of course leads us back up to question #1. That being said if dedicated trumpet teachers in my community are difficult to secure would on line training (Skype) from a well established dedicated trumpet teacher be preferable?
3) I travel throughout the U.S. extensively for work into most major markets so would getting in person instruction from someone well established as a teacher, followed up with weekly on line instruction from the same instructor be a viable path in between my visits?
Enough for now I suppose. Thank you in advance as I navigate this cocktail of excitement and trepidation,