I am a proficient amateur. If you heard me play, you would immediately know that I am not a pro. My goal is to improve my sound so it approaches that of a professional musician. Is that a realistic goal?
So my question relates to the rate of progress that someone like myself (in my 40's) can expect to see versus that of a child, say 10-12 years old. I would think that most 12 year old's can probably achieve tremendous improvement over the course of 3-4 years with reasonably hard work. Are there any teachers out there that have worked with children as well as adults? For two people that practice the same amount, one 12 year old, and another person in their 40's, how much difference is there in the rate of progress. Obviously, if the 12 year old doesn't know the first thing about music, and the 40 something is a professional musician in a different instrument, that would be an unfair advantage. I'd like to know the difference in the rate of progress for two people with relatively similar ability and background, but different ages.
I know that violin is an infinite journey and I may not be looking at it the right way, but I'd like to know whether or not I can realistically expect to create a professional sound in my lifetime.
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