“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

– Pablo Picasso

What best describes you as a player?


You have just started, or are about to start playing and have less than 100 hours of individual practice time. This would be about 1 year if your practiced around 30 minutes per day, 4 days per week, 50 weeks per year. If you don’t practice and just play in orchestra class, this would be less than 3 years.


You’ve been playing for a couple years now and have 100 – 500 hours of individual practice time. You’ve done some performances and can play loud and soft. You can tell when you’re not in tune and you’re playing different articulations in your music.


You’re getting pretty good. You’ve been playing for 3-7 years and have logged from 500 – 5000 hours of practice. You can really tell the difference when you play other people’s instruments. You can even tell a difference when you use someone else’s bow.


You are more than a violin player, you’re a musician. You’ve logged over 5000 hours of practice time and have more performances under your belt than you can remember. You can tell the difference in your instrument’s performance when the weather changes.