I've been playing for 10 years (now 20), and am starting to wonder whether I'm progressing as fast as I should. I have started learning Chopin's Etude's from Opus 10, but in an arbitrary order. I can play The first 2 (3?) sections of no3, up until the chromatic 5th's (diminished?), and most of no6, but I'm struggling with the middle section. I've been learning Op10No3 for 12 weeks now, and Op10No6 for about 5 weeks. The strange thing is I don't find these pieces hard to play, just hard to memorise as I have poor sight-reading skills. With Jazz it's so much easier, because I only need to read it or listen to it once, and I can remember the tune, and it's just a matter of brushing it up until it sounds great. So the question is, am I actually making good progress or am I going about learning these pieces wrong? Should I start with Op10No1 or is there some lead-up pieces i should be studying (yes I know Etude's are supposed to be lessons in themselves)?