Recommend Good Resources for Scales/Position Studies?
For various reasons, I'm embarking on a period of independent study. One of the main goals I've set for myself is to solidify and expand my left hand in a systematic way (which I never really had in lessons) so that I really know my fingerboard. To that end, can anyone recommend some good books/resources on position studies, scales, arpeggios, double stops, etc?
Simon Fischer "The Violin Lesson" for the necessary theoretical background on left-hand position (and much more). Given that, then, Sevcik opus 1 gives you all the technical material you will need to work on. It is on IMSLP, but if you decide to really work with it it is handy to have the complete book volume: https://www.musicroom.com/product-detail/product1010234/variant1010234/otakar-sevcik-the-school-of-violin-technics-op-1-complete/
Galamian's scale book is very helpful for 3-4 octave scales. Flesch's Scale System is great for arpeggios.
I actually prefer the fingerings in Barbara Barber’s Scales for Advanced Violinists over those in Flesch, and the book is more accessible for nonprofessional players.
+1 to Mary Ellen recommendation.
I took Mary Ellen’s advice and got Barber’s scale book ( i have a stack of other scale books including CF and SF), and have been working from it ever since. It has been very helpful.
In addition to those already mentioned I would add Sevcik, Op. 1 , part 3, # 1--8. It is equally important not to get stuck in one system or book; the optimum fingering of a scale or arpeggio depends on the musical context. Rhythm and bowing have an effect. That is easily demonstrated by doing the broken-thirds scales on one string with both dotted and reverse-dotted rhythm. Also use excerpts from the literature; Tchaikovsky symphonies, Beethoven concerto,...
Thank you all for the recommendations! I've ordered the Barber's book -- I confess I already own the Galamian book, but never use it as it was always a bit intimidating and incomprehensible.
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