I was wondering at what point is it no longer necessary to take violin lessons? I would think that once you reach a certain level, it no longer makes sense to take lessons. For example, do Joshua Bell and Hillary Hahn still have private teachers? I would think not. How about Itzaak Perlman? What could he possibly learn from a private teacher? How about most professional musicians; do they still take lessons? What about the violin teachers out there; who teaches them?
The reason I ask is, I am wondering if I should continue taking lessons. I am a far cry from any of the musicians mentioned above, not even a professional, but I am fairly proficient and I believe my basic technique is good. If I am diligent about practicing, and divide my time effectively between scales, etudes, and performance pieces, I wonder if I would gain all that much from private lessons vs plowing my way through Kreutzer 42 Etudes or Leopold Auer Books 7 and 8 on my own. I don't know that I would see a vast difference if I did it on my own versus with a private teacher. Someone please set me straight.
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