I know everybody's learning pace is different and everyone has different levels of skill, talent, goals, etc. But I would love to hear what you all consider a good amount of time to spend working on a piece (for instance, a movement of a concerto or a full concerto). What would you say is a marker of decent progress, versus a length of time that would make you think, "Hm, that's a long time, maybe that was too difficult for you"?
As an adult relearner, I am in no particular rush to learn things quickly, but I've recently been looking at all the pieces I would love to tackle and wondering when I'll be able to make a dent in the list at the rate I'm progressing. In the past year, I've learned one concerto and one movement of another. I have a wonderful teacher, but he doesn't teach many adults and I notice he doesn't push me to practice more hours so I don't have a sense from talking to him whether I'm making good progress, average, or whatnot.
For some background info, I've done Mozart 3, Bruch, and first movement of Mendelssohn. The longest I spent working on a single piece was Praeludium and Allegro for seven long arduous months, and it was probably too hard for me when I started it. But it was a valuable experience and built a lot of technique -- that was the piece where I started practicing more rigorously and afterward I felt my progress make leaps and bounds.
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