At age 56, even with daily practice, my progress is slow. I am starting to feel that I am hitting a plateau. Sure, I can still learn new pieces, but my technical proficiency is not improving. We obviously cannot improve indefinitely. Eventually, age will catch up with us. At what age do we plateau?
Here are my thoughts. I would assume the plateau age depends on our level of proficiency. For example, if an 80 year old picked up the violin for the first time and practiced every day, they would surely improve. But if that same 80 year old was a virtuoso violinist earlier in life, then I would guess they already peaked and are on a decline.
In some sports, ladies gymnastics for example, a 22 year old is considered over the hill. Other sports that require less athleticism, people can continue to improve and compete on a world level into their 30's and 40's. While violin does not require the strength or flexibility of gymnastics, it does require a good degree of athleticism and dexterity. Therefore, one might conclude that violinists have a similar "shelf life" issue as athletes.
What are your thoughts on this?
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