Welcome to the forum!
You've not been playing very long so don't worry - all aspects will improve as you continue with your teacher. And don't worry about the age thing: I started violin about 39-40 and between taking some time off and other stuff I've now switched to VIOLA and play in an orchestra and regularly play duets with friend too. I'm having great fun and thoroughly enjoying it (although I won't be giving up my day-job
Oh, there will be downs with the ups but it's excellent to have this kind of challenge in life.
Good luck with your exam and come and check out the 'Viva Strings' of this forum too
QUOTE(Walmington Violinist @ Oct 18 2011, 09:00 AM)
Well im practicing song one and pieces of mattachins but it wont stay in my memory!!
Just cant keep it in there at the moment but hopefully if I play a song exclusivly for a month each im hoping they will sink in.
As for the actual exam im in no real rush, hopefully next summer but you never know?
Don't worry - you don't need to play them from memory! You'll have your music in the exam. Having said that by the time I have taken exams I was able to hum my tunes completely when I was driving/dogwalking/washing-the-dishes etc