so, ever since I started posting on this board, I've noticed that many members are very informative and resourceful - especially when it comes to what etude to practice or what type of an exercise to do when practicing a particular piece.
Teachers I have had in the past seemed to be a lot less strict when it came to technique/etudes.
I never had a very regimented progression in my violin studies. The only times when my teacher assigned me etudes, or arpeggios were when I had trouble with particular passages in a piece(like if I had trouble playing double stops, or the sticcato in the third movement in mendelssohn for example).
Sometimes these "etudes" were even custom made by the teacher(almost on the spot), and not from some random book. And if I didn't run into too much trouble, he never bothered. Sometimes I made my own "etudes" from the piece I was working on.
Now that I started playing again, I've noticed that my technique is definitely not as solid as it used to be(not that it was ever that amazing in the first place - my technique has always been lacking), and that it's taking me much longer than I expect to finish pieces...my bow hand sometimes gets unnecessarily sloppy...etc. I wonder if neglecting etudes had something to do with that.
I guess what I'm trying to ask is, whether or not it's beneficial to just go through etude books entirely for the sake of playing etudes?
I've always thought about etudes as something to supplement any type of deficiencies in technique, but is it also beneficial to take a more proactive approach? Like learning several etudes a day after you play your scales, or while warming up? The reason I never really liked etudes is because I thought playing them felt like a very passive approach to solving problems. I realize now that it's always important to be mindful and pay attention to detail while practicing.
I realize that this is a very long post, and that some people might think this is a idiotic question or feel appalled at what I typed. I'm interested in what you guys think though.
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