I've seen a few of these questions asked, but it seems like most of the students to be where just starting out in music. They didn't have limber fingers, couldn't read notes. That's not a bad thing considering we've all had to start somewhere.
I'm wondering how long it would take an experienced musician going on 11 years of theory / guitar experience to make a half way decent player. Or if anyone else has been through a similar situation. Any information or tips to speed up the process would be appreciated.
I've been playing for a few weeks. I've already studied the instrument in depth, including its construction. I'm gaining proficiency in vibrato rather quickly, from what I understand, taking steps to avoid reinforce bad muscle memory whilst teaching myself. I used to teach guitar.
I'm capable of reading the Alto and Treble clefs (minus the more difficult task of pairing the notes with the fretboard. That's still a work in progress). I can make a clear sound and am starting work on pieces like Tchaikovsky's Possession (for vibrato practice) and Cello Suite No. 1 (for general practice).
I practice roughly 6+ hours per day. (Not continuous play, but rather attacking the instrument from every perceivable angle.)