I'm attempting to gain mastery of the violin.
I've heard it said many times that you need a teacher, and in fact it seems to be assumed that anybody serious about learning violin has a teacher.
Consequently, sometimes I get to thinking that I should have a teacher, and that perhaps I am slowing down what is already a tremendously slow process by not having one.
However, I never seem to have a lack of things to work on. I am constantly improving, and doing my best to practice often, with concentration and a critical ear. In fact, useful practicing is one thing that I seem to be getting constantly better at.
Furthermore, I seem to have a wealth of resources: books (Fischer's Basics and Galamian's book are my favorites), teachers/violinists on youtube (such as Professor V and a couple others), this website, and articles written by violinists.
So it becomes hard to see what I would gain. Wouldn't I just be replacing one problem that I would choose to work on with a problem that my teacher would have me work on?
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