Recommended Lifelong Books/Materials for violinist
Hi everyone. Has anyone here ever find books or materials that are so useful that you actually started using it from post-intermediate level,advanced level,and until your career life as violinist...? That the content of the book is so useful for you to constantly practice it to improve, maintain, and even preserve your skills. Any good recommendation?
I feel like kicking in an open door, but, since you asked:
Materials? These are etudes useful for beginners to advanced players: Galamian's contemporary violin technique, Sevcik op1 op7 op8, mazas' 3 books, kreutzer, dont's 2 etudes... the list goes on
And, of course, the Bach S&P, and the Paganini 24.
Hmmm, what do I know?
Galamian's and Flesch's treatises, and all Fischer's books, are resource books, not methods. All three have scale systems, though.
So many scales and studies. Yes those are great, I love them too. But as answers to your question, they're maybe too obvious.
I'm not a pro so my journey is not as long but for me:
Just how basic IS Basics? I've his Violin Lesson and have wondered if Basics would be useful at my level.
Galamian has been mentioned not one, not two, but at least three times til now. Isn't it time for some haunting words from Ms Matejsky? Hope she's well...?!
Basics covers everything from bow grip and detache to fingered octaves tenths and downbow staccato. I think anyone could benefit. I believe the name comes from Dorothy’s delays concept for her students of doing an hour per day of basics (shifting, Bowing, articulation) as in they are just basics excercises not in context completely stripped down. And many are highly advanced
Even as a violist, Basics is still my go to book. Love Simon Fischer's publications, even if some of the exercises are repeated between the various books, they're still incredibly useful.
Galamian contemporary violin technique. My teacher has been using this book for so long since he was a young student. Now he uses scales and exercises in the book for his students. I particularly like the scale on 1 string, it helps my shifting a lot
Just imagine, you finished an honours performance degree, and probably a masters, successfully auditioned for a 20 hours a week orchestra position in a large city, where you have played for ten years under two dozen conductors. You are handed two hours of new music,every three weeks.
Yes. At a minimum, some basic technical exercises will always be a crucial part of any effective warm-up routine. Hilary Hahn has discussed the need to practice basic technique and examine it on a regular basis to keep it from deteriorating,
In addition to the already mentioned books:- My favorite bowing book, for both practice and teaching is the Sevcik 40 variations. I have played through the Flesch big book on violin fingering (~1000 excerpts !) twice. The first time, when I was young was very helpful. But second time, only a few years ago, I found that I disagreed with about 2/3 of it. "Szigeti on the Violin" is good, but I don't have his long fingers, so can't do a lot of it. Leopold Mozart's book is still useful, and not just for early music specialists.
When you return from holidays, when you are recuperating from surgery, when you have been intensely playing your instrumental double, basic etudes, yes, for a few weeks, at most.