Just as you
begin to realize that all your practicing is paying off and you are really,
truly improving, it might be time for a new trumpet. While your beginner horn may
have been nice, it actually may be holding you back from reaching new horizons.
Most companies offer intermediate and professional models that offer different
features than their beginner models. Many have narrower bores and better
valves. These models will be more expensive though than your beginning
horn. Many of the professional models cost over a thousand dollars, but if you
are serious about sticking with the trumpet for awhile, it would be a good
investment. Remember that you shouldn't buy an expensive horn and expect to become
an awesome player. Become an awesome player through practice. Just like new shoes
don't make you run faster, good trumpet playing comes from the operator, not from the
equipment (but the best equipment never hurts). You will have to practice just as
much, maybe even more, now that you have a better trumpet, as you did before you had
it. Make your money go to good use and keep on practicing.
Don't always expect your parents to pay
for it - getting a part time job or mowing lawns and earning
the money for it yourself makes it much more valuble to you.
Every time you think of how many lawns you mowed, you'll be
reminded how much it means to you.
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