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Stuck!.. .
Just a little lost.
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February 1, 2015 - 10:47 pm
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So I'm self taught, stated when I was 16 I'm 22 now.  sometimes I feel easy behind, I would love a teacher but don't have the funds/access to one, I don't believe that's an excuse not to do my best (got me this far) so I continue to teach myself....but I'm stuck....I feel like I have just plateaued.

I guess my questions are does anyone else feel such plodding progress? Tips to alleviate the learning curve blues? 

Some of my personal problems (in case someone would like to address those) : 

1) there is a disconnect between what I read and can play, I have more technical ability than I can sight read, my ear is being better but I'm not amazing.

2) just really started learning shifting and could use advice in all areas, I feel like it's going pretty smoothly...

3) intonation, this goes back to the ear thing. I can usually pick out violin parts but other instruments...nah and being in tune with other instruments (outside of an orchestra) seems difficult for me. 

Maybe I could post a video of my playing and get some criticism.

Vermont, Massachusetts or somewhere in between

February 1, 2015 - 11:19 pm
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I have self taught for many years, albeit sporadically. I am now just finishing up on my second year of lessons (monthly). I have learned far more with an instructor than on my own. But then again, I never had the (found the) wonderful resources we have here on line. I can not offer much for artistic or technical advice, but a video is worth a thousand notes... 


February 2, 2015 - 5:57 am
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I hit the same spot a while back, was frustrating to say the least, then it passed and I was moving forward again. Think of it like fitness. When you first start working out or doing an activity, your body changes quickly, then the gains slow, but youre still gaining

There is no shame in playing twinkle, youre playing Mozart

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February 2, 2015 - 1:22 pm
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I think you have a good handle on your learning and where you are going.  Good job.  Sometimes that is half the battle.

I get a bit stuck also....But I am finding that a lot of it in my HEAD...facepalmfacepalm  I remember how hard learning certain aspects were and I assume that the next stuff is going to be harder.  (not always true)

Usually I am finding that after three years, concepts are easier to grasp.  I still can't play by ear. I play from sheet.  I am lucky that I can memorize well enough to know many songs my heart..and it is easy to "refresh or relearn" an old song.   :)

Please post a video.  All my best progress happens after the good people from the forum send advice and help.

Good luck to you. 

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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