I am an adult violin student with a few months experience, although I come from a background of accordion-playing for a long time - at a fairly amateur level. So I have a good feel for rhythm and tone and know my chords. With the violin I need to work on technique. I have just recently gotten pretty comfortable with my posture and left and right hand position (for a beginner) and so now can concentrate on string fingering, bowing and intonation.
I was reading a thread here from 5 years ago about teachers being frustrated with their students lack of preparation for their lessons. Speaking now only about adult students, let me throw out a question. What do you think of the idea of having a flexible lesson schedule such that the adult student determines if he/she has made some progress on the teacher's suggestions from the last lesson, and, if so, he goes for a lesson (perhaps at a one week interval), but if not then they postpone the lesson until the student feels that he is ready to make further progress? I say this because adults sometimes do have other commitments and just don't practice enough during some weeks. But any adult should be able to judge when this is happening.
The teacher says "do THIS or do THAT", but to make any progress the student must "DO this or DO that". I can't see any value in having the lesson if there is not going to be ongoing progress.
Personally, I am not taking lessons as such but work with a mentor through the internet, and with the use of videos, that seems to be working. I also meet up with local bluegrass jams to get a chance to talk to players directly.
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