Alright, I know this is a fairly cliche topic, but I just bought the Schirmer edition of all of Chopin's etudes. I took them home, tried a couple of parts on a couple of etudes, and realized there is absolutely no chance of me playing any of them for a long time.

But, my question is, what is a long time? I would like to think I'm alright for how long of I've been playing, but I don't know if that's really the case. How long does it take most people to play their first etude, and what etude does that tend to be? And when people say this many years, that's assuming I practice how much?

But, my question is, what is a long time? I would like to think I'm alright for how long of I've been playing, but I don't know if that's really the case. How long does it take most people to play their first etude, and what etude does that tend to be? And when people say this many years, that's assuming I practice how much?