I was an autodidact till September, having started at the very end of 2008 (last weekend of).
Now I have a teacher. I respect him very much, so, please don't misunderstand what I'll write next.
He gives me new pieces once a week and I learn them at home. When there is new technique involved, he may even show it, but quickly, not like teaching me. I come to the internet to try to learn it on my own. A week later, I make a poor performance for him (I get very nervous at lessons) even though at home it was OK. I talk about my nerves in another thread.
I'd expect him to work the problem areas and tell me to stick to that piece till it was presentable. But he gives me two or three new pieces for next week.
It's been like this since we started.
I'm very, very frustrated. I've told him I'd rather play an open string note that is beautifully played than just butcher pieces, like I think I'm doing. I've told him I don't need to learn new pieces to be happy, but that I'd be happy if I could play happy birthday beautifully. He gives me lots of compliments and sends me home with the new pieces.
I'm really frustrated. I decided to go back to teaching myself. I'll keep going to the lessons, but I don't think I'm learning anything.
I respect him too much to complain more than my hints. I've told him I'm doing études, for instance, and asked guidance. I told I was doing Sevcik and Schradieck and he told me to stop, that I don't need it.
He told me I'll be playing duos with two different people. One of them is going to be a...
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What can I do? I can't offend a teacher. It's against my upbringing. I think the only solution is humoring him with the things he thinks I can do and teach myself the things I know I can't do. To have the time, I'd have to stall, learning only one piece of every 3 he gives me. Would that be discourteous?
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