I believe that balance working on repertoire at, below and above our current level is an important key. I like to think of these three tiers as threads that weave together to provide us with a strong basis for playing and/or performing.
If you don't try pieces that are above your current level, how will you know where your ceiling is? These pieces help us to reach and grow; expand our learning strategies, explore and implement new technique. The danger comes when you spend the majority of your time working way above your level and you begin to identify this as "your level". It causes frustration and tension as you struggle. You may begin to doubt your ability.
I also think it's beneficial to continue to keep previously learned pieces under your fingers. Here is where we will begin to feel the freedom to explore musical interpretation and develop confidence in our ability to communicate musical intent. These pieces can be the core of your performance programming.
As you work progressively on pieces at your current level, you can continue to steadily grow your skills and repertoire. The refining of skills gained from your previously learned, easier repertoire and the stretching of skills at the upper levels will enhance what you are learning at your present level.
Guitar Nut wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:36 am
What I wonder though is should I have waited before learning it? Am I ruining it for later, or perhaps reinforcing bad habits in an effort to "muddle through" a piece that is beyond my current level? What do you think?
I think if you enjoy it and don't push it to performance too early, you won't ruin it. There are a few core repertoire pieces that I will never touch again (and avoid listening to) because I pushed them to performance way to soon.
So much music, so little time.