Have really enjoyed reading through everyone's goals... made me think about it.
So, here is what I have come up with :
1) To KEEP PLAYING! As I've pointed out before, I had a couple of 'false starts' over the years, so NOT letting this fall to the way side is the most important. I had to take a LOA from work which has given me some extra time, but should soon be back to work, so will have to find a way to fit practice time in. But, I am determined...
2) To get to the end of Suzuki Book 1, with being able to play all of the included music at least relatively smoothly and with good intonation and timing.
3) To be able to get through to the end of Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Fiddling - also with being able to play all of the included music at least relatively smoothly and with good intonation and timing. This is advancing more than the Suzuki book, so not sure I will make it through all the way, so I don't want to get hung up on getting to the end - quality is more important than quantity. And I do play pieces not in these 2 books.
3) To be able to do at least simple chord accompaniment.
4) Finally, I have printed out a piece that is way above my current level but I really want to be able to play it well enough to present it to my Dad for his birthday in October. If I can play it fairly well it will really make him happy I know! Its pretty and it sounds like real fiddling, LOL. I'm sure not a really hard piece, but daunting for my current level.
There are other things, specific to techniques etc I guess, but I don't want to get TOTALLY boring! I look forward to re-reading this down the line and seeing how close I can come to my goals. Thanks for whoever started this thread.
Okay, so we're at the middle-of-the-year, here's for me :
- Goal 1 (better sound on C string and in higher positions) : goes to the bin. I changed my strings and got a rehair in february, and my sound now is not so bad – could be better, of course, but at least I don't feel like I'm struggling as much with the lower strings.
Note to self : next time you set goals, do the maintenance beforehand.
- Goal 2 (better contact-point control) stays the same. I don't think I'm doing much better on this one, but I have yet to actually work on it. I don't even quite know how I'll work on it.
The following weren't thought of as goals, but I worked on them and made a little progress :
- double stops (I was starting almost from scratch there)
- left hand 'agility'
- trills (in progress – starting from scratch too, it's not supposed to be too difficult, so working on it now and then)