I have had several teachers in the past, but the one I really liked left the country and I was forced to look for a new one. Eventually I found one that seems to have had a long trajectory (or at least that's what he says); it looks like he can play several instruments, he was an orchestra director at some point, (according to him) he was well-praised by professors when he was a music student, and pretty much all members of his family are musicians in one way or another (his father was a violinist).
I think I have progressed with him, however there are many things that make me feel unsure, namely:
(1) I've never seen him play the violin
I've seen him play piano and guitar, but nothing more. He's somewhat old (around fifty I'd say) so it may be understandable, but it bugs me not having a teacher that can pick up a violin and show me how it's done.
(2) I don't think he ever corrected my position or bowing technique, but I feel my bowing could very much be improved. This may be due to the fact that he rarely watches my when I play, he's usually looking at the score - he corrects my intonation when I'm off, but nothing more so far (I've been ~9 months).
(3) He has never heard of the books that most violin teachers have, like Sevcik, Wohfhart, Kayser, Kreutzer, Flesch, Hrimlay, etc. He has two violin books and some pieces scattered around.
(4) Sometimes he explains things in a way I'm not completely sure if I could have understood them without previous background. For example, when he explained legato bowing he explained no technique, only the way it should sound - I did not understand a thing, and I know what he meant only because I have read about it before.
I'm considering look around for new teachers, without leaving this one so promptly. But I want to know, what are the things someone should look for in a teacher?
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