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how do you gauge your progress??
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Michelle.Lea
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May 25, 2016 - 1:34 pm
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is it really so individual ?  I've been playing for 5 months with lessons, but I have no idea if I'm where I should be.  My teacher is ok, but I feel like I'm missing something.  I have my first recital on Sunday, and I'm playing Rains of Castamere - it's not perfect, but it's ok.  I'll probably have it recorded and maybe I'll post it for critique??

but generally, what should I be able to do in 5 months of playing??  I probably get 1-2 hours of practice in aside from my lesson per week (not enough, I know).  It's just frustrating to not know where I am, and where I should be so I can set better goals.

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Different people are going to progress at different speeds.  I would say that if you are playing in a recital at 5 months, you are doing good.  

 

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Everyone progresses at different speeds. I've played for a year and a half and I'm on Suzuki book 4. My friend in my school orchestra has played for a few months more than me and is on book 2 with his tapes on. There is no chart that says "At month X player should be at skill level Y"

The big thing is if you want to get better you gotta practice. I'm not sure what your time schedule is like, but if possible try and add more practice time.

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Try to enjoy the journey. As long as you are making progress you are doing well. If you keep playing and continually make progress, you will inevitably be good. 🙂 Baby steps, goals with little or no expectations. Enjoy it as much as you can.

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Michelle.Lea said
is it really so individual ?  I've been playing for 5 months with lessons, but I have no idea if I'm where I should be.  My teacher is ok, but I feel like I'm missing something.  I have my first recital on Sunday, and I'm playing Rains of Castamere - it's not perfect, but it's ok.  I'll probably have it recorded and maybe I'll post it for critique??

but generally, what should I be able to do in 5 months of playing??  I probably get 1-2 hours of practice in aside from my lesson per week (not enough, I know).  It's just frustrating to not know where I am, and where I should be so I can set better goals.  

After 3 years of daily practice with 2 of those years playing weekly at a 3 hour jam I overheard someone say, she is getting good.  YAY!!  THAT WAS MUSIC TO MY EARS! I feel as though I have been torturing them for 2 years!  

You know what though, I still freak at the thought of being videoed!  Why!?  Any way, I figure I have put a tad bit of over 1200 hours into this wonderful hobby and enjoyed every minute of it!!

It is that individual.

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I'm definitely trying to just relax and enjoy,  I'm just a high strung person lol.

had a good moment over the weekend though.  my recital was supposed to be on sunday, but my teacher is sick so i'm doing it at the end of this month instead.  and i have been playing that one song to death.  so i decided to try a few others that a month or so ago didn't sound so great.  and now?  they sound wayy better!  so there is definitely progress happening. 

I have another month of lessons, then summer break until September!  so i'm gathering up practice material to keep myself busy 🙂 

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Welcome to the forum. Relaxing has been hard work for me as well. Going back to older stuff you've played a while back and then comparing it is a great way to check if there is progression. I personally need that assurance sometimes when I feel like I'm not progressing at all or even regressing.:-)

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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