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Why Is Tool Use Frowned On
I have wondered why use of tools is frowned on. Tools are not crutches.
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July 4, 2019 - 10:09 pm
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@@Irv  I am very literal. Never saw one will Google it. 

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Okay, @Irv I Googled it. It is was I always thought was an electric violin, right? 

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As already mentioned, I believe that as with any crutch, it's beneficial not to get too attached and to dare giving it up. I don't think it can be detrimental in any way as long as you use can end it when the time is right. :)
I think some teachers only frown upon it because many players don't want to remove the tapes and perhaps it's the same with other learning tools.
I never used anything like that but I don't think I would be against it either.

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Speaking of when it's time to retire an aide...

I think I am on the verge of removing my Don't Fret from my fiddle. While I found it a great help in the beginning, I am actually beginning to think it is holding me back now. I find when I don't rely on it, my intonation is not as good, but I know that will improve as I LISTEN. I also find when I don't rely on it, I make less bowing mistakes. I can also look at my music (Tabs) when playing, relying less on memorization when learning a song, It almost seems to me that my Don't Fret is distracting me more now from the other necessary tasks when playing. 

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Good luck. I have a feeling that you won't even miss it. :)

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Thanks @Fiddlerman  After I wrote this post, I tried playing Julianne Johnson with my eyes closed and it didn't sound bad at all. Then, I thought since I was practicing Julianne Johnson for the past 1/2 hour perhaps I was just used to placing my fingers in the right places out of habit. So, I played Angeline the Baker and Shenandoah with my eyes closed, and they sounded pretty good, too. 

I won't take the Don't Fret off now. I have to leave for my lesson in a half hour, but I think I will do it when I get home.

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Sounds like a great plan. :)
Good luck!

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