Regarding Carl Fleisch's Urstudien
I honestly don't know why everyone isn't using it on a daily basis. My teacher, a professional violinist, told me that she didn't know about it, and seldom have I heard of it anywhere else. I've only found out about it when I followed Hilary Hahn's Instagram, where she posted videos of her practicing CF's Urstudien.
Being in China at that time, I quickly found the cheapest edition of it in a book store and immediately started to use the exercise on an almost daily basis along with my scales. And to my surprise, it did wonders to my left-hand and right-hand technique.
My left hand became so much more precise, and the fast passages sounded way cleaner than before; this applies to both the intonation and articulation.
My right-hand also became more precise, but not to the extent of my left-hand. Probably because I slacked off at the bow exercises...
Anyways, my question is: Why isn't everyone using this to some extent??? The first few finger exercises are simple to learn and memorize and doesn't even require a bow; not to mention that they are extremely effective. I found it to be the perfect exercise to enhance finger nimbleness. And it's usable for both beginners and professionals since they are generally in the first position. The bow exercises should also be equally effective, although they are significantly harder. But I haven't tried those out long enough to give a complete commentary on it.
Just a side comment on Hilary Hahn's instagram account. I love watching her practice videos too! I wish her #100days would never end...
I guess Dounis or Roland Vamos' are more popular alternatives (for the LH exercise).
I am familiar with his scale system but not these studies. Do these studies complement the scales? Interestingly, the scale studies were published originally only in C Major. The student had to transpose to the other keys. That's a fair amount of work!
They are the precurser of Fischers "Basics".
The old timers will tell you that Heifetz practiced the silent finger exercises from the Urstudien every day, and found them very helpful for finger action and trills. Probably more people don't useit because it points out the weak spots in your technique VERY quickly, like a doctor poking an irritated nerve!
I have got a copy... collecting dust. The same challenge as with his system of scales (I am currently going through one scale per day) is that you have to warm-up properly before using them.
I went through a period when I was practicing some of the exercises on my own, and I found them to be useful, but not as useful as spending my time on other stuff, whether Sevcik or Fischer's Basics.
Chao Peter Yang,
One reason might be that once you have attained a certain level of technique in left hand and bow, you can typically invent little Urstudien-like exercises on the spot within certain passages while practicing your repertoire. Note that Flesch stresses that these studies are not in the first place designed to attain a level of technique, but mainly to preserve it once attained. They are actually quite known, just search on this site, they have already been mentioned and discussed a lot here in the past. I think nobody really questions the utility and value of the Flesch Urstudien. It's just that all roads lead to Rome!
Chao Peter Yang,
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