Scales: Do you need them, or not?
In the last week we've had several Violinist.com blogs that put forth different ideas about scales. In Lydia Leong's blog about Efficient practicing for the time-crunched, she said "skip the scales," they aren't worth the time.
This was a rather contentious idea, and several days later came Eugenia Fielding's blog, Why I practice scales and what they do for me, in which she describes the acceleration exercise she uses for scales and arpeggios and outlines the benefits of this kind of consistent practice.
Are scales an important part of your routine, or do you consider them skip-able? And why?
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