Mike Laird has published a comprehensive book to support people learning jazz violin: Arpeggios, Rhythms, and Scales: Fundamental Techniques for Jazz Improvisation On the Violin (ISBN 978-0-557-31746-2).
After limiting the genres of jazz improvisation central to my goals to "standards", bebop, and Latin, fairly conventional choices, I turned to the book for study material.
The book contains a full suite of scales and their fingerings, the usual suspects discussed in jazz theory books, a few pages of suggested rhythms, an adaption of a Kreutzer exercise to illustrate the use of the scales in jazz technique, and some bebop studies.
He also writes more generally about fingering, and touches on a few other topics. Mike also writes on page 3 that "It is desirable that the student has been through the Carl Flesch Scale System book once ... "
Now, either scale book (Laird's or Flesch's) would keep a student busy for some years. Also, Laird's book is "so comprehensive" that a jazz violin student would find it tough sledding indeed, working cover to cover.
The obvious thing to do is to select material to work on first, add to it, etc.
Is this so simple?
Given the challenges of finding the best positions for the scales most useful early in learning jazz violin, and then progressing from here, I seek advice from other musicians who have worked through these challenges already.
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