Must-have violin technique study books
Hi everyone! As the title implies, I'm looking for violin technique books that are essential. I currently only have the Kreutzer etudes (edition Peters). Also, I'd like to know what editions to buy. I've heard that for some reason G. Schirmer is bad, can someone explain why? Thanks in advance, everyone!
Years ago Buri made something akin to a graded list. Sassmannshaus and others have graded lists too. If you are at Czardas level I recommend Kaiser which will be easier but still worthwhile and Mazas. Yes you could do some Kreutzer but getting the others very clean and in tune will shore up your chops.
Hrimaly Scale Studies, Dont Op. 35 and Dancla Op. 74 are all recommended. Schirmer editions were my favorites while growing up. I always liked the layout and editing. Later on, some of the Paganini Caprices are good study works.
It is not an etude book, but whenever this question is asked I always recommend Simon Fischer's Basics. Actually, all the Fischer books are great resources. But I would say Basics is the most useful, and it has practice routines and suggestions for pretty much everything.
For advanced levels, to be kept and reviewed (and used to create exercises for yourself) I recommend:
Sevcik and Mazas (Mazas - Peters ed.)
Agree with Helen- Simon Fischer's books over Flesch, Galamian, Auer, Szigetti.
As a 2nd year masters student at conservatory, études & scales are a huge part of my practice routine. Based on what my teacher has recommended and what I've noticed has really improved my technique, I'd recommend: Dont Op. 35, Sevcik Op. 8, Schradieck, (definitely Kreutzer which you already have), Ivan Galamian's Contemporary Violin Technique, and Carl Flesch Scale System. Hope this helps! Everyone definitely has their own favorites, so I'd recommend trying whatever you find fun/helpful to you:)
I love Simon Fischer. My teacher gets a kick out of Sevcik. I prefer more musical practices, so I'll be lurking this thread for myself.