After many years playing the piano, I took up the Irish fiddle at age 24. I've played for 4 years now and am very serious about it. I have an awesome teacher who lives locally, and I practice about 1-1.5 hrs a day.
However, I think that the #1 thing holding me back is technique. For this reason, I'm considering supplementing my fiddle lessons with extra classical lessons. I had about 1.5 years of classical lessons before I started fiddle, and I was on Suzuki Book 3 when I quit (I also became somewhat familiar with beginner etudes).
Here's my dilemma -- I can only scrounge up another $400 this year for classical lessons. With the local rate, that's about 13 lessons. With this budget, I have two options:
1. Take classical lessons once a month for an entire year
2. Take classical lessons every week over my summer vacation (I am in grad school and have summers off).
What do you think would be most helpful? Should I try to spread them out through the year, or should I concentrate them during a specific time so I actually get to see my teacher on a regular basis? Note: With either option, I will be able to make extra time to practice classical stuff.
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