I like to do exercises myself but my best-ever-student, a pro musician now, told me when I suggested some techniquepractice: "There's a lot technique in playing music" and there is! If you're playing exercises you might be focusing only on the fingers and not on important musical goals and how to overcome obstacles to play it the way you want.
Kevin Aram "Torres", 2009
Stephan Schlemper "Transparence", 2015
Whatever you can do to have a good time, let's get on with it so long as it doesn't cause a murder...FZ