Thanks for the excellent encouragement folks. I’ll be sure to try out some of the suggestions given.
If you play memorized exercises and music without looking at sheet music, you can watch what you’re doing better, and improve the quality of your playing. If you’re always stuck to the written page, it is too easy to forget to check bow grip, watch the bow arm and even listen to the sound you’re producing.
I definitely notice this myself. If I take the time to memorize, I do find that I can play it better as I can spend more effort watching my fingerings and watching where my bow is in relation to the bridge.