Rightly or wrongly I am working on the principle that progress on the violin is about experimenting with physical sensations and relating them to the sounds they produce, so the body gradually feels its way towards a better technique. As a result I become very inwardly focused as I play.
When I'm practicing I do use checks in the mirror and watch the sound point or left hand at times, especially when trying something new. But I've noticed that more and more I'm relying on the sensations rather than the visuals, and that looking at the violin tends to distract me from this inner awareness. For example, I seem to adjust better when I feel the bow isn't tracking right, rather than when I see the problem.
But I recently spotted a post by respected v.commer Nate Robinson where he suggests that not looking as you play is a bad habit.
What do people think?
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