QUOTE(destinybone @ Jan 31 2012, 11:34 AM)
Thank you for your advice! I am probably too eager to move on because I can sight read all the pieces I'm learning as I learn piano as my first instrument. And maybe because when I hear all those kids playing much better than I am I feel the need to make up for "lost time". I do pick some of the pieces I like and review them from time to time. I think I'm forgetting that I'm playing on the violin, not the piano.
I thought I'd sail through the progress on violin really fast as I'm a classical guitar player to a high standard. Noooo! The technique takes an age to consolidate. Relax and enjoy it but dont' put a time limit on things. I wouldn't even think about vibrato until you can control the bow and have reliable intonation. I can completely relate to you about being impatient though. What I've found though is that once you get the basics of bow control and intonation, that's when you'll progress very quickly thanks to your musical background. It's the early stages that take time. Just my opinion!
From one relative beginner to another, fast playing requires relaxation and perfect left hand technique. Tension will slow you down, so maybe examine the thumb and fingers for excess gripping. Once you loosen up and use minimum grip you'll find it easier to play faster.