I'm 44 and have been learning the violin on and off for about 2 years now. I've been getting lessons on and off since I started, but just started getting regular weekly 30 min lessons in the last 8 months. I've just recently completed grade 1 Abrsm exam (received a merit 127/150). The first music exam I have ever done.
I would really like to take my playing up a level. I've probably been practicing about 30 to 45 mins 3 or 4 times a week at most, but I find my progress so slow! I will have a bit more free time soon and would love to commit an hour a day maybe 5 times a week to practice. Realistically that is the max I could do (along with my 5 children under 12 years and a part-time job??!) My goals are to play well and competently. I love the goal of exams and would love to get to grade 8 eventually. I am going to join a community orchestra in Sept that accepts beginnners and rehearses for 2 hours a week, so that will give me more experience and playing time.
Just looking for some tips really on how to progress and stay motivated! I was really driven before my exam, but now that it is done, I'm in a bit of a lull. I love playing and love the violin but it is so hard to stay motivated, even though this is something I've always wanted to do. I find it hard sounding so 'average beginner' (to my ear) when I play and would love to play 'beautifully' one day, not advanced, I am realistic, just competently and well. I have no background in music study at all, just the love of listening to classical music and singing!! ???? I
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