This last year was rather busy. I did not practice much on the violin, barely enough so I did not backslide too far. But I have had a renewed focus on music over the year, and I have been working a lot on guitar and keyboards.
I wrote a little blip in the chat column about it, but I am switching my focus on violin from acoustic to electric. It is really those sounds and styles that motivate me, so why not go with it? Sure, I have gained an appreciation for classical and even some folk music, but what really drives me is much more modern sounds and styles.
I guess I don't really see any valid reasons myself for having to learn on a normal violin. Sure, skills overlap, some are a bit different, but like guitar, would I really want to learn on acoustic to play electric? Probably not.
There seem to be more electric players out there now than used to be, but for the most part, especially learning, I see most approach it as acoustic to learn and main, electric for fun. I guess for me, being true to myself, it's the opposite.
Be true to your heart!
Guess I've just experienced a bit to much of "roughing it" - no ref to the Mark Twain book - lol. Maybe just the survivalist in me... but I could always end up somewhere with no electricity (it's happened). Sorry if I sound like a broken record, I'm sure I've said this far too many times.😬
Not that I want to jinx anything and have the power go out again. (lol)
I actually prefer the electric violin while practicing and also for playing sometimes. It is for different reasons than yours though.
I usually enjoy it more because I feel I can express my playing better as it is quieter than my acoustic one and I am less afraid of annoying people with my playing!
If you like playing the electric violin more then I'd say go for it! What types of tunes do you usually play?
Do not practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong.