I have some students who could benefit from etudes but I don't think they are quite ready for Wohlfahrt. Is there a good etude book with shorter, slightly easier etudes?
hi Ronda, most method books contain etudes, the very first etudes in such a method book will be what you want.
E.g. Doflein: includes his own studies that are short, musical (unlike Wohlfahrt..) and to the point.
There is also a book of "Easiest Wohlfahrt" (that's what it's called) that are suitable for beginners.
I usually just make up etudes for these types of students, depending on the specific situation. What specific characteristics are you trying to develop in them? "Etudes," thrown around as a sort of "cure all" tend not to work very well. Each etude generally has a purpose - or several purposes - that it's designed for.
There's one that I had as a kid called "Elementary Scales and Bowings." It is in the Whistler series. (I did the Whistler books so I pretty much have them all.)
Franz Wohlfahrt composed several sets of etudes, the most frequently used 60 Studies for the Violin, Op. 45. Mentioned above
It does note get much easier than Wohlfahrt Opus 38. It starts with open string studies and adds etudes a finger at a time.
Hans Sitt etudes book 1.
I share Erik's approach, basics and sequential