Never say you can't learn to play a new instrument!
Can't beat a grain fed pianist.
"I've been studying piano for two years and I can peck out a tune. Should I become a professional pianist? Or will I only end up with egg on my face?"
Paul you will probably avoid that by not playing with your feet over your head.
"Learn to play a instrument"? what does it mean? Learn to play " twinkle twinkle"? Sure! "The Last Rose"? No way!
all this pessimism is irritating...
You can get to be pretty good even as an adult as long as you have a good teacher and are dedicated. The level of perfection required for the tiny number of orchestral jobs? No way, unless you are a one in a million genius. But you don’t need to play perfectly to play beautiful music, perfection is only a recent standard of performance. Play beautifully and people will enjoy you playing. And I think most people, if they do what I suggested above, can meet this standard.
Jim, just post a video of your Bruch or Mendelssohn and we'll all be converted, surely.
Pick those who didn't watch the EweChube video...
Jim, pessimism is a hallmark of semi-accomplished or fully accomplished violinists. They've gone through the long and arduous process to get decent on the violin, and so they've seen the steep road that it takes to get anywhere on the thing. Pessimism is a natural result of this, and it's amplified by seeing beginners who are just starting to walk up the very shallow incline at the beginning of the path, and have yet to even imagine how difficult it's going to become.
Yeah but that chicken left it too late to become a soloist. Also, to have such a career you really need to put all your eggs in one basket!!
@Eric Williams "Jim, pessimism is a hallmark of semi-accomplished or fully accomplished violinists."
“the kind of "pessimism" we are talking about is more common in low-level players. Low-level meaning your average orchestra violinist.”
To win any place in PremioPaganini, for all people even talented, it will take about 15 to 20 years to practice violin performance intensively. Among prize winners I’ve known or met, the average time required to get a prize is 15 to 20 years later after their first violin course.
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