How much time, in weeks, months, or years, do you take or recommend taking for learning a chunk of repertoire, say a concerto, or one of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas? When does lack of success begin to mean that one lacked preparation?
I once had a tennis teacher who told me that I should give myself three years' time before reaching the conclusion that I would never learn ;) .This question is asked in the same spirit.
My own starting point would be to use as long as it takes, but there must be a moment when it is more beneficial to switch to something else and to revisit that difficult piece later. On the other hand, by switching too soon I would settle for a piece superficially learned.
This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.
Violinist.com is made possible by...
Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.