QUOTE(bohemian @ Jan 8 2006, 01:13 PM)
QUOTE(violincjj @ Jan 8 2006, 01:00 PM)
Is this a good idea?
You mean my suggestion? No it's not. It's a bad idea. But it's a lot more realistic than grade 5 within a year.
Indeed a bad idea but you've found the one time in which it is a good one: if one needs it for an exam/entrance to university.
Unless you absolutely love the violin to bits (and have already come a long way since you started) may I suggest (although I'm not a violinist) that the violin is perhaps going to be the most difficult instrument to do this in and maybe another instrument would be better. Of course, if you love the violin so much that you will practise it much more then it is worth sticking to it
One word of comfort, although the standard in the UK is supposed to be grade 5 for GCSE, in reality the performance standard needed for GCSE is much lower: I managed to get an A for it, having never had a lesson and really not being grade 5 standard.... Maybe the same will be true where you are?