This is my first visit
to this site, so not sure if I am doing it correctly. Hopefully this will show up. LOL. I am an old lady who is very young at heart. My husband and I play in a 6-piece country band and perform nearly every weekend. I play keyboards and sing backing harmonies. (We have two young singers.) I play two keyboards, and have used the top one for fiddle parts. I finally decided that it would be cool to actually learn to play the fiddle instead of faking it on the keyboard. So two months ago, I started
taking lessons. I was able to pick out certain tunes pretty easily by ear, but am having difficulty with the fiddle techniques. On the keyboards, you go directly to the note and it’s either right or wrong. I also “feel” where to go chordwise on the keyboards. I don’t have that same instinct with the fiddle. I also know I am not spending nearly enough time practicing. Between working full time, booking gigs for our band, playing every weekend, it doesn’t leave a lot of time. I know that I have to make it a priority, so I decided last night even if I have to stay up very late I will get in practice time.
From everything I’ve been reading on the internet, it sounds like you may have to practice 5 or more years before you’re good enough to really play out. I feel like I have a little head start because I have a real good
ear for music. However, I also feel like I haven’t made nearly enough progress in these two months I’ve been working at it.
How long did it take some of you to reach the point where you could play a solo in public?