I’ve been playing harp for about three months now – just picked it up again after a long absence. My teacher plays harp with the symphony, ect… so she’s one of the best players in the area.
Recently though I’ve been very frusterated (and stopped playing this week as a consequence… bad me) beacuse I can’t seem to progress. After three months, I’ve worked on five songs. One is “finished”, the other four are not finished, according to her. This is with me seriously practicing, spending anywhere from an hour to two hours day on harp. I’m 17, so there’s a lot of other commitments on me… school, debate, teaching, and church. It seems when I sit down to play for my teacher, I forget everything I’ve learned. My fingers get naughty and refuse to hit the right notes – even if I’ve played the same piece almost from memory yesterday!
This is VERY frusterating. Is it just me, or is the teacher being overly picky?
I mean, I want to play the harp – badly. But I don’t want to spend hours “perfecting” a piece that I will most likely never play again in front of anyone.
Maybe I’m wrong. If so… tell me, please.