Shifting exercises: Sevcik vs Yost vs ?
I was wondering which shifting exercises you find most useful and efficient and why so in your opinion. I'm aware of the Sevcik op. 8 and then then Yost shifting book. There is also Mastering the Fingerboard by Yost, which could also be seen as a shifting exercise book although with a different 'ideology' than that of his shifting exercise book. There is also Drew Lecher's book that includes a section on that. Then there is always Simon Fischer as well. I am sure there are others. But globally, which for you is the one that leads t more efficiently to mastering shifting technique. If you find them all equally good then thats just as good :)
I did quite a bit of Sevcik op. 1 book III (the other shifting book), in addition to Sevcik op. 8. And arguably many, many etude books are effectively full of shifting work.
The Yost and Sevcik op 8 are quite different to work through. Sevcik has you play a little melody that changes position, where Yost isolates the shift. So in Yost you're playing short repetitive motions (finger 1 in 2nd pos up to finger 2 in 4th pos or whatever and then back), so the feel of the exercises is not at all the same. Sevcik is more interesting and feels more like playing music, but the Yost might have actually helped me more in terms of awareness of the mechanics of each shift.
Sevcik Op. 8 is the most efficient method I know to improve real-world shifting. Note that these should be played in all keys as indicated!
I like Yost better- I like really broken down drills. I personally have a tendency to shift slightly sharper over time if I don't watch it.
Lydia which exercises in Basics do you find the most "go to" for this?
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