Although I have posted very little since I joined a few years ago, I often lurk around.
I am keen to hear about the experiences of other adults in a similar, typical situation to myself:
full time job; young family; busy weekend; 1 violin lesson every 3 weeks and between 2-4 hrs practice
I went back to violin lessons just over 2 1/2 years ago to get some pointers.
However, it quickly became apparent that I wanted to take the violin more seriously and after
a discussion with my teacher, we changed focus and what I wanted to achieve from lessons.
He is a fantastic teacher who teaches me technique and how to "play music" and keeps pushing me further as he knows I cam capable of more.
Over the last few years I have worked on Meditation where my teacher has said I played it G8 standard. Now I know it's not a G8 piece but I guess he means that the quality of my playing of that piece is what would be expected of G8 standard. I have spent considerable time doing a number of Carl Flesch scales and arpeggios etc working on getting the tuning spot on (no compromises!)
I have also worked on the Bach double, Moto Perpetuo (slowly), Czardas, Kreutzer, double stopping/chords and recently being doing the Dont study 3, first 6 lines of Kreutzer 24 and last night, slowly ran through the Praeludium and Allegro. My teacher has also been encouraging me to join a local amateur orchestra.
Why am I telling you all this?
Well I have been reading too many forum posts, especially over at violinist.com where it seems some
violinists have achieved so much in just a few years and it feels like I am way behind, never to progress beyond a certain point.
I trust my teacher 100% and I realise that due to time constraints, I can't cover all the study
material that a younger player working towards G8 or audition for a music school may be able to do.
I take the view that much can be still be gained for example, by working on just the first 6 lines of
Kreutzer 24 and Dont 3 at a slower speed than spending all my time just trying to get one study up to speed.
So I am keen to know how others with limited time progress each piece or study.
Do you revisit a study later on and work on building up speed?
Do you use pieces such as Moto Perpetuo to work on spicatto and even bounce stroke and fingering rather than play it as fast as possible?
I spend a good bit of time with Czardas working on tone and colour such as moving towards the bridge
and doing "stuff" with the bow to make the piece come alive which was excellent but I still struggle to
play sautille after several months of trying. I can get the basic bow stroke but crossing strings is difficult and Czardas falls apart at speed pretty quickly.
So, we have put this aside for now while I work on the bowing and will revisit later.
I guess I am just keen to hear that there are others out there like me that are making progress