Can anyone recommend a book that will help me understand music theory with my violin? I know that a lot of studies involve the piano but I have no intention of picking that up any time soon.
If anyone knows of a good book that will help me understand the scales, chords, intervals (majors/minors/modes...etc) using my violin, I would appreciate it.
I'd recommend getting a cheap childrens' keyboard to be honest - you don't need to be able to perform anything on it, but it is *way* easier to sound different chords on the piano than trying to do it on the violin.
I agree with Chris. Folks will say you don't "need" a keyboard to learn theory, but it sure does make it one hell of a lot easier and faster. If you go to Amazon there are dozens of books (type "music theory" into the search box). There are some that seem to have very good customer ratings. The one's that come from "Alfred" seem to rate very well. Probably you cannot go *too* wrong that way.
Elementary Rudiments of Music, 2nd edition, Barbara Wharram 2010.
For fixed-pitch (12-tone) instruments like pianos and other keyboards standard music "theory" books will tell you everything you need and using a keyboard instrument (that is precisely in tune) will help you experiment. Although the information is called "theory" it is just the rules by which music is played and written down on paper.
The higher exam grades in instrument playing (7 and 8 if I remember rightly) require the student to have at least a pass in grade 5 theory.
No one is expecting you to also play Beethoven piano sonatas and Rachmaninov...you just need a couple of fingers to plunk out chords on the keyboard. Don't how you would really hear and appreciate an 11 chord on your fiddle for example.
Simply getting a keyboard won't teach anyone the rudiments of music theory. There's a wealth of music theory books on the market--you just have to sit down with one and read it.