I think when I look back on other instruments that I’ve learned over the years. That the process is always very similar. I just need to remind myself to be patient and vigilant with the process of learning to play that instrument and enjoy the journey a little more.
The first instrument I tried to learn was the harmonica. I was I think about 14 years old and I quickly got discouraged and quit. Then I tried to learn the recorder. I gave up for a while because I couldn’t get to tone I wanted. Then later I picked it up again and all of a sudden I was playing it. Then a few years later I decided to try the harmonica again. This time I bought a couple of books and a CD came with one of them. Then all of sudden I started making progress and haven’t looked back.
The same thing happened when I first got the mountain ocarina. I started out very excited and then after a few weeks I started getting discouraged and I got busy with other things. So I put it away for almost a year.
Then I decided to try again and to my amazement in just a few days I was making more progress than I had made in over a month of playing several times a week the first time.
So I have learned my lesson I hope.
I even had the same thought that I had got a bad instrument or something.