QUOTE(sbhoa @ May 15 2012, 09:44 PM)
I've noticed that when I'm spending a long time learning something like for higher level exams or performance I lose confidence in my ability to learn new music. Maybe it would make some sense to always have one piece on the go which is not going to take so long to learn but if I'm working on two or three bigger things I would feel overloaded if I had to do that. It also tends to make me feel as though really I'm not very good at all as I also find it difficult to keep any sort of repertoire 'live' while I'm learning pieces that need a lot of time and effort.
Has anybody else noticed this?
It's worse on piano than clarinet but I'm less advanced on clarinet.
Yes i find it hard too. I find that especially after an exam, when there has been such an intense focus on polishing, that I almost have to relearn how to learn new pieces. Outside exam periods it is not so bad as my teacher keeps a fairly brisk turn over of studies so I usually have something new to learn every other week or so.
Keeping repertoire live is also a difficult thing. Having 30 minutes to review would be lovely but I really don't have the time (or the stamina on oboe) to add that to end of my practice. I usually try to give 5-10 minutes at the end of my practice session to looking at tricky orchestral bits. I'm planning to use this time over the summer to play through some of my "old" pieces to try and bring them back to life a bit so maybe that will help.
Above is all for oboe. Piano is a bit different for me (pending exam preparation aside) as I don't have lessons and just play when and if I want and either dabble in old stuff or have a go at random sight reading. I don't worry too much about playing for anyone other than myself generally.