When I was in high school in the 1980’s, my violin teacher was very clear on what one needs to achieve (to a performance worthy standard ) before one could consider studying music in college: a major romantic concerto, two significant movements of solo Bach, and some Paganini. I was working on Bruch G minor ("not major enough"), Bach E major and D minor without the Chaconne ("not significant enough"), and Paganini #16 ("too entry-level").
I did not study music in college and I was and remain very grateful to my teacher for his sound advice.
I returned to the violin four months ago after 25 years. I think being able to play the repertoire mentioned above is still a laudable goal. I would appreciate advice from “returning” amateurs and everyone else on an improvement campaign to achieve that.
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