Should I change my piece?
Hello, I began studying the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens in December, for instruction of my teacher, like 8 months ago, in my country it was summer holidays, and I studied and studied. The start of school would happen in March, and it happened; but the start of the conservatory was in april. Then, the pandemic striked, but my teacher only said "keep working on it" and well, here we are. At this point, I can play a very dodgy version and i can't play some passages. I keeped studying it because i knew if I could take face-to-face lessons i could succeed, but as the months go and go, this seems more far as here we are in the 102th day of lockdown. I'm finding myself repeatly burning out, partly because of the time and by other way by hitting some dead ends/walls. Starting to study this I think was a quite big leap, and I'm now starting to think if I should bring it up with my teacher(don't know if it's the correct phrasing). My only recover from burnouts are when I found a new way of practicing, but that quickly fades away in about 2 weeks. 15 days ago I set the goal to play decently the most difficult part in my opinion, that is the end of page 2 and all the page 3, and now i kind of can but in a very slow tempo and i don't think I could quicken it up in the near future.
So, what do you think?
I hope you are practicing a few other things side by side, like etudes or solo Bach or other pieces. Prioritizing those in your practice and allowing a *temporary* respite from the Saint Saens may give your brain a little rest, and you may find that the Saint Saens feels a bit easier when coming back to it.
Yes, I'm with some Kreutzer and Flesch, also i'm doing a bit of the Basics from Fischer... but to pieces, my teacher only does me to do one at the time, so that's why I was thinking giving the saint saens a bit of rest
Simple answer: take a break and come back. A month or two is good, but longer if you want. When you come back to it, your progress will shoot up (even after the immediate process of just remembering how to play it).
I agree with Christian and Cotton that taking a break from the Saint Saens is a good idea. Not every piece is appropriate for everybody at the same place in their violin journey. The frustration you are feeling about this piece shows that it's not a good piece for you right now.
Santiago, I try to be circumspect in my criticism of teachers who I have never met, but it sounds like your teacher kind of set you adrift on this one. There are stretch pieces, and there are STREEEEEEETCH PIECES, and it sounds like the Rondo may have been a bit much. I don't know what kind of options you have for teachers in your area, but at this time at least, if you aren't taking lessons online, perhaps you can seek out another teacher for some online lessons.
What conservatory? That’s so cool!
Xuanyuan, I'm in my city conservatory the so called Conservatory of the Buenos Aires City Astor Piazzolla, it isn't very good.
"how to jazz violin" -- simply watch and listen to youtube videos of great jazz violinists like Joe Venuti, Ray Nance (with the Duke Ellington Orchestra), Stephane Grapelli, Jean-Luc Ponty. The biggest aspects of jazz violin (before getting into jazz improvisation) is to swing the 8th notes in the correct pieces (latin pieces and jazz-rock pieces are not swung) and play smoothly.
I would definitely recommend taking a break from the piece. Music even at its most enjoyable can be draining, and particularly frustrating when a piece is difficult. It's not an indication of how well you play/or lack thereof, I look at it as the piece is just not cooperating with you at the moment.