Essential beginner to intermediate etudes and exercises?
I'm teaching my aunt the violin, but I don't know many beginner etudes and exercises. Do you know some really simple, basic ones?
Because I was taught fiddle, I didn't do those, so I'd also like some at intermediate level for myself. Can you give me any suggestions?
Anything from beginner to intermediate would be helpful.
Thanks in advance.
Wohlfahrt Opus 38 for your Aunt. Rather than dry interval studies, they are little tunes to develop both musicality and technique while making music!
"building technic with beautiful music" by applebaum might be what you're looking for.
Whistler's "First Etude Album" is pretty good as straight etude book (there is no text, explanations, teaching, guidance, etc.). Etudes are melodic, grouped in four by key: C, G, F, D, B-flat, A, E-flat, then cycling through this order as they get harder.
Here's another: "Violin Playtime Studies: A First Book of Studies for the Young Violinist". Young at heart counts.
I second Whistler's 1st Etude album.
Wohlfahrt. Wohlfahrt. Wohlfahrt.
Thanks, everyone! I will look into those.
Wohlfahrt is NOT for raw beginners. I would expect a student to progress through Suzuki Book 1 (at least) before starting that. I'll offer a third vote for the Whistler books. First Etude Album is good, and so is Elementary Scales and Bowings. And, honestly, Suzuki Book 1 is pretty darn good too (a whole lot of good players started with that). Since you are fiddle oriented there is also the O'Connor Method Books but be prepared for sticker shock -- they're expensive.
Paul Deck, I am quite interested in the duets. My teacher occasionally did duets with me, and I found it improved intonation and coordination. I've always had a love/hate relationship with duets, but they are extremely useful, and fun, usually. I would very much like to teach a few duets to my aunt to help improve these areas. I've been trying to find beginner classical duets, but have found very few.
Selected Duets for Violin, Volume 1, by Whistler and Hummel.
I can also recommend the Whistler "First Duets Album" book. I currently don't have anyone to play duets with, so I record myself playing one part and play against it. I like it so much I just picked up the "First Trio Album (for 3 violins)" for the same approach (there's a quartet book to for standard string quartet). And finally, there's the Whistler "First Solo Album" book, for violin and piano. I don't have a piano, so I use Sibelius 7 to play the piano part for me.
Mazas - 12 Easy Duets.
I think we really just need more info on your aunt's level. "Beginner," to me, means someone who is just starting to understand the concept of how to hold the bow, how to only play one string at a time, how to position the fingers, etc..
I was responding to Jeanette's question about duets.
As Martha Argerich would say, practice technique in pieces, not separately!
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