I play trumpet in a band with: drummer, bass, guitar and vocals. Drums are loud enough, and everything else is amplified. Usually I play without amplification, because places are small enough, so audience hear me and I hear myself. But last gig we played in larger place, without many reflecting surfaces, and I barely heard myself. Audience heard me OK.
In general question is 'how to monitor a trumpet right?' I guess the simpliest answer is to place a mic and play in it. But in my situation - it is not always available: sometimes we have ~5 min to prepare, sometimes place is short on mics or mic stands. Also it seems quite unnecessary, because I don't need to amplify my sound.
I'm thinking of bying portable amplifier + mic + headset and play with it. Is it right decision? I don't have an option to buy mic+stand+amplifier and transport all these in a car, because I will need a car for that.
tl;dr I cannot hear what I play over other instruments. I am occasionaly not able to request a microphone to monitor. So:
- What is right way to monitor trumpet?
- What can I do in my situation?