I took violin lessons as a kid and got through Suzuki Book 5 and a bit of Book 6 in high school. I was almost solely focused on pieces, which I was very good at (always got superior ratings in Solo & Ensemble), but had practically zero training in rigorous technique studies like Sevcik,etc. I haven't played regularly (i.e. only played a couple Christmas carols once a year or less) since I quit lessons eight years ago. Recently, I have become interested in resuming violin has and so I have been playing some Suzuki Bk 1-6 pieces I learned back in my school days. I am glad to find that thankfully, I haven't "lost" as much as I thought...I still sound very nice playing at regular tempo (no issues with Books 1-4) and feel confident that if I took some time to brush up on the trickiest passages in Books 5-6 I could go back to my old level fairly easily.
I really hope to be able to improve and eventually (in a few years when I can have time/money for lessons again) play the standard supplemental repertoire outside of Suzuki(e.g. Thais Meditation, Czardas, etc.) as recommended here:
At this time, I would be grateful for suggestions for:
1) Supplementary "classic" repertoire collections like Barber's Solos for Young Violinists, which I could use to get some repertoire variety at the Suzuki book 1-6 level. A lot of the Suzuki supplementary pieces are in Barber's books (Vol 3+) but I'm not sure I can play those yet.
2) Technique work I should do to improve playing up to Suzuki Book 6 level. I'm aware of Sevcik, Wohlfahrt, Schraedick, etc being essential stepping stones, but I am not sure what the best approach/sequence/short-term goals would be.
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