Am I progressing at a good speed?Technique and Practicing: Am I progressing at a good speed?
From Allan Garay
I'm currently on Suzuki Book 5-6 stuff, playing with consistent accuracy, good tone, some vibrato (still developing), and shifting.
I know that speed of progress depends on the person, their limitations and ability, and their willingness and commitment to practicing.
But for the average person, is that a normal speed?
My goal isn't to become a soloist or professional or anything of the like. I want to get to the most advanced level that *I* can achieve, and play solely for my own pleasure, to play chamber music, community orchestras, etc.
From Emily HogstadDon't worry about speed. Some of us go faster than others, some of us go slower than others. It's all subjective. In your case, with your goals, as long as you're accomplishing what you want to with the instrument, and enjoying yourself, you're good.
Posted on July 1, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Enjoy the journey.
From elise stanleyIf your self assessment is accurate your progress is astonishing. Why not upload a video of you playing on youtube for us all to marvel at :)
Posted on July 1, 2012 at 06:04 PM
From Paul DeckYou're progressing very well, as Elise has already pointed out. One thing you want to insist upon in your work is proper form and underlying technique. Sometimes people rush to make what they consider to be "tangible progress" (advancing in the books, playing "higher level" pieces, etc.) but in the interest of making short-term gains they do horrible things to their bow hold, left hand position, vibrato, and posture that can take months or years to undo and even lead to injury. So -- good job on your progress, but remember that your goal should be to learn to play the violin properly.
Posted on July 1, 2012 at 06:16 PM
From Michael PijoanImpossible to say without hearing.
Posted on July 1, 2012 at 06:34 PM
From Allan GarayI can probably make a video soon.
Posted on July 1, 2012 at 07:02 PM
And i know, Im not just rushing through books. My teacher always makes sure that Im doing everything correctly and that I understand how to do things correctly, and that I understand when and why Im doing something wrong.
I review even basic things often and we always try to check at times to make sure even the basics are correct.
From Allan GarayI know that playing properly is more important obviously, and I'm not disregarding that fact at all.
Posted on July 1, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I guess Ive had this fear of having to be compared to others my age that started much earlier.
From Skylar NguyenWell, if you want, you can excess my level.
Posted on July 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I'm 14 too, like you. Been playing for 7 months. I'm a traditional student who occasionally fiddle with Suzuki.
I can shift through 1-5 position easily, mastered arm and wrist vibrato. I can play some piece from Suzuki 4-6 book and yet can't get the 1st book Gavotte. My tone is exceptable, floppy on new piece I'm horrible at time keeping and practice less than 1 1/2 hrs a day.
after some careful examination, yep. You're definitely up to speed at normal rate unlike my abnormal level. But I bet you're still better than me cuz, I'm horrible at sight-reading. Who care how good you are, if you're playing for your own pleasure, you shouldn't need to worry about other.
From Vincent Simanjuntak2 Years to achieve that?, that is almost grade 8 in ABRSM,
Posted on July 2, 2012 at 11:35 PM
that is fast my friend,
i need about 5 years to achieve that level.
From Allan GarayI thought I was going slow.
Posted on July 2, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Well, I don't care as long as I'm doing what I need to do right, no matter the time it take. ^_^
Maybe I just have the newbie violinist syndrome. We all want to speed up and be playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (D Major) ASAP. lol.
I think I have the basics, meaning the very basics, like basic bowing, left hand position, hold, things like that (or so my teacher says) down.
My teacher says so far my intonation is pretty good on the days where my fingers don't decide to throw a fit.
My weakness is definitely my bow arm. I at first had trouble bowing straight but I'm improving it. I found it's easier to 'feel' how bowing straight feels rather than looking in the mirror all the time.
My focus during practice and what my teacher is focusing on lately during lessons is my bow arm, technical exercises and intonation, since they need most improvement from me. And shifting of course.
From Allan GarayAnd at Elise's request, I'll upload a video as soon as my mom buys a good quality video camera, since she was going to buy one anyways. :)
Posted on July 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM
From Skylar NguyenI smell something fishy, dunno why. Maybe it's because we're so close age-wise, hmm. Something off here Allan..
Posted on July 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM
From Allan GarayLike what? :)
Posted on July 3, 2012 at 12:11 AM
From Betsy AmosI am an old beginner, 53 years old, playing 2 1/2 years and I am halfway through Suzuki book 4 (plus various fiddle books). So your progress sounds extremely speedy to me. I enjoy reading the encouragement from so many others here!
Posted on July 3, 2012 at 01:09 PM
From Patty WiegelmanWow, I am very impressed. I have been playing the same amount of time as you, and I am still in Book ONE... I am hoping to finish it by October of this year, which will make 2 years. I would love to go faster, but apparently this is the best I can do. I am hoping that by going so slow at the beginning, I will be able to progress faster in other books. (I could be dreaming)
Posted on July 3, 2012 at 04:28 PM
From Cindy YangI wish I could progress that fast but my fingers just refuse to work with me. I started about a year ago and still in Suzuki book 1. Although, I am without a teacher for 3 months now ... Guess my pace will go even slower ...
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