I'm starting to think a big fundamental difficulty I have is practising. Maybe not in the way you're thinking, let me explain.
The longer I have a piece, the worse I feel I get. If I contemplate why this is, I come to the following conclusion. When I first start a piece, I'm very diligent, and I'm paying attention to every small detail, but the once I learn the song I start to work on speed, phrasing, dynamics, etc. At this point, my attention wains from the important stuff, intonation, fingers, bowing, etc.
Not only that but once I learn a song and I try to work on the fine details, I feel at a stand still. I believe that the fine details don't exist for a beginner, we're only good at exaggerating. So, that's a second reason why I feel music plateaus really early and gets worse.
I'm a year and two months into learning, and if I think about it, these are the issues I struggle with the most. Full attention on all aspects of playing–at all times–is challenging. Especially, when working on small 2 minute pieces for a month or more.
This frightens me in two ways. One, I sometimes feel like I'm not progressing, and two, I worry about when I start working on significant pieces, will I plateau and start getting worse; as these are worked on for months if not years.
I just wanted to add that I'm probably progressing more than I realise, and my teacher hasn't had any complaints, so maybe my beginner ears just can't tell.
I guess the positive thing is that I think I know what the issue is, I just don't know how to fix it.
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