violin pedagogy, how useful do you find it to be?
In the "one way to look at fiddle playing" thread with the graphs and body capture links, a couple of people with classical training somewhere hidden in their pasts mentioned some technical things about bowing. I am learning fiddle late in life, and in a kind of scattered way. The teacher I have found is a great Irish fiddler who had a background of classical violin in youth, stopped playing much for a while, and then started playing sessions.
Some of the techniques from that pedagogy seem to get in my way, I just want to enjoy the tunes and the somewhat musical sounds I manage to get out on a good day, and have fun with it, and enjoy the company sometimes.
I’m far enough along that I can relax and just listen to myself, I know there’s a lot of room for improvement in technique, especially with bowing, would a dose of classical discipline help? Or just diving in and playing more and listening carefully (another recent thread)?
Mostly just a question for myself, I guess, if I don’t find it useful for improvement, I won’t keep it up. But sometimes there’s great opinion and advice to be had on here.