What are your opinions about composing exercises? I have decided to dedicate the next couple of weeks writing works for a solo instrument (a single line, not keyboard etc.) so that I can learn more about melodic construction, and to try and help me learn to write in a lucid style. So far I think it is helping.
Of course I think they are generally considered the only way to learn counterpoint. Bach Chorales are a common exercise to do but I personally have found them a bit boring. I have recently finished the prescribed exercises in Fux's The Study of Counterpoint (Haydn style) and have moved on to Fugue. I have learned much more from these.
I think it is important to approach exercises as a work of art, even if it is limited in scope. There is no merit in learning to write pieces of no art but follow the rules, and I think associating artistic endeavor with compositional skill is a good thing.
Any thoughts/suggestions? Anyone find them useful?