I've been playing for 15 months now after a huge break. I play baroque, classical, early music & Irish & Scottish folk tunes with my teacher, who is a gifted performer becoming more well known. Lucky me! But because I practise two hours a day and am passionate about music, he thinks I'm better than I am. I have just stopped feeling nervous in his lessons but I still hate playing stuff that is beyond me, making mistakes and a horrible sound. All it does is sap my confidence.
I have several books of classical concert pieces and he is keen for me to move on to them. But I dread making a pig's ear of these pieces and going backwards, because of the damage it will do to my psyche. I think I need to romp on my plateau for a while till I feel in control of my bow and my fingers.
I also feel that it may not be sensible to expect me to play concert pieces. I am nearly 62. Shouldn't I just settle for playing some pretty pieces and not making people don ear muffs?
But when I say things like that, he says I am setting myself up to fail and emails me material on having a 'positive mental attitude'. I think I'm just being realistic.
What do you think? Advice will be much appreciated!
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