See, I've always wanted to play the violin, ever since I was about twelve. I took it up briefly at school but had to stop when they started charging for lessons (my family couldn't afford it). I finally took it up again myself a couple of years ago and am now at Grade 2.
The problem is, though I love the violin, I struggle with motivation. I'm a born procrastinator. I come away from my lessons and my orchestra rehearsals brimming with enthusiasm, but when it comes to practising at home on my own... my motivation dwindles. Hence why I've been stuck at Grade 2 for more than a year, when my teacher wanted me to do my Grade 3 last Easter...
I think the problem is that I'm practising on my own. I need someone there to play with, who can motivate me and I can enjoy playing with in turn. But there's no one near me who plays. None of my friends are into music, and my closest friend at the orchestra lives out of town.
So I'm stuck in a rut. I really want to master this instrument, but I can't unless I get motivated and practice. But how can I motivate myself to practice alone? How does everyone else do it?
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