Simon Fischer Basics/Scales
I'm thinking of getting on of Simon Fischer's books. All sound great, but probably between Basics and Scales. Any advice from someone familiar with both? The goal is to fill in some holes in my foundation and make some good progress through self study. Thanks in advance!
I think all of Simon Fischer's books are great, and I have most of them.
Thanks for the thorough response Jason!
If you were going t get only one Simon Fischer book I would recommend "The Violin Lesson."
I second Andrew's advice.
The Violin Lesson is also full of intelligently stated anecdotes about past violinists that may apply to whatever is being discussed. Examples abound, as usual.
I did not like Scales, to be honest. I felt like it was overkill for my scalar needs.
I would definitely choose "Basics" over "Scales", especially since Basics contains a brief summary of key scale concepts.
The scale book is actually very useful to use side by side with other scale systems like Flesch, Galamian, Gilels, etc. The organization is well thought-out but indeed looks "unwieldy" in its presentation. That said, it's not a book to use from cover to end every practice session, but to pick and choose the things that you actually may need-and it does have things/exercises that are not included on the other "scale mainstays".
Quoth Buri, "Get Basics." But that advice was from before "The Violin Lesson" was published.
I think if you're asking whether to get Basics or Scales to fill some foundational gaps, you're nudging others to answer: Basics. Basics is really a collection of many many diverse exercises that cover different chaters of technique. The Scales book adresses one topic, Scales thoroughly.
Adalberto, I agree about the Fischer Scales book seeming unwieldy. At first I didn't use it much, because if I worked through it sequentially, it would take months to get to the 3 octave scales.
Thanks for all the replies. I just ordered The Violin Lesson based on majority recommendation. I'll try it out for a while and report back in some time. Thanks again!
As with the treatises of Flesch and Galamian, none of Fischer's books are methods, to be worked through page by page, except perhaps the Warming Up booklet.
Every pedagogue needs a niche. Fischer's niche is in his approach, which is exhaustively thorough AND pitched at a level that is accessible to amateurs and students who have had at least a few years' worth of lessons. Even the more advanced stuff is readable ... an amateur can say, "Okay, I get that idea, but I'll come back to that when I'm more advanced" to just about everything.
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