Thought I’d go through the forum and see what’s to talk about! Here’s my take on slurs. Unless it’s definitely written in, I try to learn a piece without adding slurs. Then when I have a handle on the tune, I will decide where I want to put any slurs in, purposefully. Like when I think it sounds good, or especially to make my bow pointed the right direction for an important note or rhythmic beat. I think if one gets used to slurring notes in the process of learning a tune, especially for beginners, it can sound sloppy. And that multiplies when one tries to get some speed early in the process.