It is my goal in life to become a professional solo violinist.
By many accounts, I started late - at age seven and a half. I am now fourteen and I have progressed relatively quickly. I have worked on the Mozart 4, Mendelssohn, and Bruch concertos, and I have covered around half of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas. I have recently been doing Kreisler show pieces, in addition to all my scales and etudes. I have done some work in composition and music theory, and I have just started writing my own cadenzas for the Mozart 4. I play with the local high school orchestra (first violin - first stand, inside), youth symphony (first violin - first stand, inside), and professional symphony (second violin - fourth or fifth stand, inside). I have given two full length solo recitals for family and friends. I also play in an amateur trio with some of my fellow youth symphony musicians.
What I'm curious is, based on the above, how much do you think I should be practicing in a day? I know it's about the work that gets done and not the hours on the clock, but having concrete goals really helps me. Currently I am practicing about three hours per day. I was hoping to increase my practice to four hours, but right now that's proving difficult. Should I be aiming for even more than that? Am I practicing a good amount for the career I have chosen?
I am aware that opinions on this matter will probably differ from person to person, but I'd like all the advice I can get.
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