Hi violinist.com. I just registered today, and I have a few questions on my progress as a violinist. I have been playing for about 3 years now, with a private teacher, and I am 14 years of age (freshman in high school). I've switched teachers about thrice, and am most recently with a teacher from the Minnesota Orchestra. In the two years, or so, that I have studied with my current teacher, I have learned most of the basics: Seitz Concertos, Vivaldi in a minor, Accolay in a minor (1), Polish Dance, La Folia, Bach Double, and some other songs here and there in the Suzuki books. I'm currently about to start the Bach 1 in a minor, and I'm wondering how I'm doing for the time I have played and the pieces I have progressed through. Am I taking a step back by playing Accolay almost a year ago, and then Bach in a now? Make no mistake, my teacher is very picky about my sound quality, bowing, intonation, so I have spent maybe more time than I should have on a couple of songs. My peers are all playing Mozart, Viotti, Kreisler, and I feel "left behind", even though I believe my foundational skills are much more superior. I really, really LOVE the Mendelsson (bad spelling!), I listen to it atleast four times a day, and I'm wondering also how long until I could play this song? Last thing, what concerto should I play after Bach in a minor, and can anyone reccomend a good shoulder rest to replace my aging Kun? I was looking at The Maestro offered by Shar, or the Mach One.
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