I've got Fischer's Basics, but I find Galamian more useful.
Fischer strikes me as being rather heavy on what to do, but rather light on how to do much of it.
Do you agree or disagree?
I will keep my copy - maybe intermediate violinists find it more useful.
The whole point of much of Fischer's work is that he breaks down the "how to do" practicing tips into individual "what to do" steps. "Basics" is not really for beginners. "Basic" in that context means the basic skills that a player would need to have mastered thoroughly and properly to reach a fairly advanced level. Beginners don't need the "how" of tenths or 4-octave scales. That said, as you take on new skills like shifting or vibrato, you might find useful material in Fischer to help you along your way. Nothing is as useful, however, as expert individual tutelage.
Yes, Basics is not a method, but an resource book, like Flesch's Urstüdien.
Galamian's book was great for its time, but Simon Fischer's book "THE VIOLIN LESSON" will, in my opinion, become THE CLASSIC of the genre.
I have all Fischer books. For good and bad, I consider them the Violin Playing Encyclopedia. That means that I can't use them as the core of my practice and studies. However, whenever I have a problem, I can find an analysis of it and some possible solutions in Fischer's books.
If you want "how to", buy Fischer's "The Violin Lesson".
You are getting some good advice. Let me summarize:
" "THE VIOLIN LESSON" will, in my opinion, become THE CLASSIC of the genre."
I tend to agree Andrew, although I find Flesch more interesting than the Galamian, but maybe I should give "The Violin Lesson" a shot, since I haven't seen it. Basics has always seemed like kind of a slog to me.
I'll give The Violin Lesson a shot one day, but not at the current price, until I feel a little richer. Flesch's stuff may be out of copyright and free on the web, so I'll keep an eye open for that.
I agree on the good reviews of The Violin Lesson. Have been using it for some years now. Found it to be way cheaper to buy in UK (amazon.co.uk) and have it shipped. With the strong dollar and the really weak UKP, you might be surprised. Check it out.
Mr Fischer has pinched all my best ideas...and added a whole lot more!
The Violin Lesson is a structured course based on a consistent pedagogic approach. Basics is more loosely organised collection of explorations and exercises collected from a long-running magazine column.
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