when your playing falls apart
I’ve been playing for about three years now and have been through many phases where I thought I was making progress only to find myself in another phase where it sounded like I was going backwards. Lately I have been trying to learn a bunch of tunes but when I go back and play those I know they all sound like crap. Either I forget a part, the timing is bad, my bowing gets mixed up, etc. You would think that after three years of playing I should be able to recall and play relatively well tunes I have played hundreds of times. There must come a point when your technical/musical proficiency can compensate for not playing a tune for awhile.