Personally, I learned 'proper' technique so that I could forget about technique completely. To me, the best thing technique can do is to get out of the way of the image. Poor technique can break an image, but good technique can rarely make an image.

Slightly off topic, it's funny how many photographers are / were musicians. You can count me among them -- I began playing the piano 27 years ago at age three. I am absolutely incapable of creating a successful print in the darkroom without music (of some sort) playing. It draws me into the creative process.