Bob wrote:
No one can comment on your "progress" just from a verbal description.  And as you recognize, every person is different; and every adult is especially different.  Having said that, you are not being well-served in your teacher's choice of materials.  The two books you mention are both designed for group teaching of children.  The compromises that go into such an endeavor are anathema to someone in your situation.  

So I encourage you in your scheme to check out other teachers.  You might try a strong professional player as opposed to someone who teaches young'uns full-time.  


Do you have any recommendations for a more appropriate book?  I did buy the first book of Suzuki and Essential Elements before I had started looking for a teacher which I'd imagine was partially the reason why she has continued to have me learn from them.

Once I have a little more time in a few months I plan on at least looking for a secondary teacher to see if different teaching methods are more effective.  My current teacher has a few students that are older(2-3 slightly younger than I am and a woman in her sixties) but the majority of them are junior high/high school students.  She does play in an orchestra made up of mostly other teachers as well.

Rob, I'd agree that thirty minutes is certainly not enough practice.  I plan on correcting that by starting to play an hour a day minimum and preferably longer on the weekends.

Great advise on asking those questions.  That is definitely something I can ask my teacher more on.