Is having talent overrated?
Well, this may surprise you a little, but if you want to be a great violinist, freeing up some more practice time is not enough! It’s more in the WAY that you’re spending your practice time.
She said she had practiced consistently one hour a day for those five years before she came to me for her first lesson in my studio.
You may feel that if someone had been practicing for so long, she would probably sound pretty good, but that’s not necessarily so. If somebody spends lots of time on practicing in an improper way, their progress may very well stagnate, and they may even get set back immensely.
Take Shelly on the other hand, a student of mine who’s just over 50. If she would have been practicing for five years and would have sounded like this, she definitely wouldn’t have been happy about her progress, but she had practiced effectively! It was a great help to her that I had showed her how to practice in the right way, and that I provided her with the proper mindset.