Hi! Laurel here from Drunken Fiddles. After teaching adult beginners for years I've noticed a common thread in students who give up on their fiddle dreams too early - people who come to the first class and maybe the second and then I never see them again.
The number one destroyer of fiddling: Perfectionism.
The phrase "Practice makes perfect" has always been floating around in our group consciousness, implying that "perfect" is the end goal to what we are trying to do here on the fiddle. But if you really think about it, perfect doesn't even exist in music. You can always play something a little better, cleaner, faster, more expressively, more in tune, more rhythmic, etc..... You'll never get there.
Perfectionists are easy to spot. After one lesson they tell me they aren't cut out for the fiddle. That they can't get it to sound good. That they aren't up to speed. They are used to be good at things, right...