This question kind of falls under how does one study music, and how that translates to a place where one can than play a song they actually want to play.
I understand that practice makes perfect, but I have a hard time to remmain encouraged to continue studying when it seems I'm playing the same songs over and over again. Is rote repetition of a song really a good way to learn to make music on an instrument or just a good way to memorize a song?
How do I get from clumsily trying to find the notes on my instrument to actually playing a song I want to play? I can sort of see how repeat play of song can teach you where the note is, but is it like language, where you feel like you are saying nonsense for months until all of a sudden it "Clicks" and you can't really explain what is different, or is there a way to get to that point that may help me feel like progress is being made?
How does one measure said progress?