I bought a non-pedigreed violin about 2 years ago from a local shop. People asked me why I bought this "terrible" violin?
Well, it so happened that back then I was lounging around the shop and I heard someone playing a beautiful violin. It was the luthiers wife playing one of the home made student versions. I wanted that sound. That violin.
When I got the violin home it was a bit of a disappointment.
The luthiers wife was much better. The only wisdom she passed along was "LIGHTER" meaning too much bow pressure.
The conclusion is, after 2 years, I can make the violin sound like the luthiers wife.
The interesting part of the story is "what did I do?" And the answer is "I have almost no idea"!
No special exercises. No traditional etudes. Just the memory of that sound.
The only reason I mention all this is as a speculation about things we may learn "in the background" and benefits of practicing even in a non-structured manner.
There are, of course, the formal methods and I do not question their value.
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