What should a teacher be doing when teaching an adult at a grade 2 level?
I'm concerned that my current teacher does not concentrate much on making sure my posture and technique is correct. He tends to just get me to play through basic childrens books (probably appropriate to the level), and I can just tell he is not carefully studying my bow hold and left hand to make sure everything is correct. My bow hold and left hand corrections instead seem to come from me very carefully studying videos of top players, well known online resources, and reading well regarded books (none of which he ever recommends to me).
The position I'm in when playing, he cannot really see my bow hand properly. Some weeks I've tried changes in bow and left hand, and he hasn't noticed at all.
I know I'm never going to be that great because I started so late (though I've played music on other instruments all my life), but I still think to be the best I can be I need a teacher that will take my playing more seriously and help get me sounding better.
Should he be assigning me bow exercises, left hand exercises and such like? All I tend to do is work through these children's books, play the peice until it sounds about right (though I'm never that happy with it) and move on. The only time we do a bow exercise is to pass the next exam. Something just does not seem right to me.
I've asked about things in the past technique wise, and he does seem to skirt round the issue a bit but does try and help, but I often find the advise a little contrary to most things I see or read but I don't feel it is a good idea to challenge him on it. He himself does seem a good player, and passed ABRSM grade 8 with distinction I think.
Is he maybe saving all that for later when I'm a bit more advanced? Or is it really really important to be doing everything to ensure technique is correct early on? Should he be studying how I play as I play and correcting?
I feel bad about changing as apart from all this we've got on well for the past 1.5 years, but life is short, and I want to do the best I can with this.
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