My teacher doesn't use reference books, or rather, he doesn't have me use any books outside of the actual material on which we are working. My progress is evidence that his approach works well :-) As a 61 year old intermediate amateur who will never be a professional, this is fine. He also has a small ensemble in which I play (outside Covid) - he pulls out other educational tools when I need them.
I, however, do like having reference books as these help me. I already have Fischer "Violin Lesson" and "Scales", as well as Barber's "Scales for Young Violinists". Is there a need to add Fischer's "Basics" to this? I've certainly not outgrown the 3 books I already have and likely never will. I've also looked at his "Double Stops" book, I suspect this one is well beyond me and not worth the current expense. I do have several other scales books that I don't currently use - I suspect they are too advanced for me so that may change. I don't need to add books to that category :-)
Looking forward to hearing thoughts on this. I'm taking a couple days away from practice to allow my left elbow tendonitis and shoulder arthritis flare to calm - I got stubborn and overdid...so this is a good time to read and explore.
Thanks Stephen, good to know. I already have both "The Violin Lesson" and "Scales" as noted above.
sorry. replied halfway through the friday night cocktail. The violin lesson is just so good I’m not sure one needs basics at this point. if I were you I7d but ‘warming up’ and the accompanying DVD instead. Plenty of material there.
Catherine, I find Basics to be rather fussy, although many like it. I find Flesch more interesting, and to include more convincing context for his suggestions.
You might also want to take a look at 'Warm up'. Unlike the other Fischer books this one is rather skinny and is proposed to serve as a 30 minute warm-up for your practice sessions.
The great thing about Basics is that it is very comprehensive and has an extensive index, I would estimate it has close to 500 entries! If you notice you have difficulty with string crossing for example, just look up string crossing in the index, and it will send you right to the solution of your technical problem, with step-by-step explanations and everything. Now replace "string crossing" with just about any of 500 aspects you may encounter in violin playing.
Thanks everyone, will check out "Warming Up". I really like both "Scales" and "Violin Lesson". I will keep Basics in mind should I start needing references not in "Violin Lesson". I suspect there is a lot of cross-over between the two.
WOW, Abe Books has the Warming Up DVD for $80 US, and an additional $41 shipping - from Germany. $41 for shipping a DVD...how do they send it from Germany, on a golden airplane? I have noticed other very high shipping fees from Germany from other vendors, this isn't Abe Books...
The best place to get the Warming up book is usually directly from Simon Fischer’s website. Not sure where you are located, but shipping from the UK to the US was reasonable.
Catherine - buy warming up (and likely the others too) direct from Fischer. It was about $US34.50 including shipping to Ontario.
Fischer is the only place that seems to have "Warming Up" that I can find outside of that DVD in Germany - and their website does indicate that. Also ordered the Tone book as they are bundling them for a bit of a discount. Sadly, the United States is in a different shipping price category for Royal Mail than Canada is - shipping is almost half the cost of the two books - but that's still far less than the German source for 1 DVD. I am getting the book(s), only. Still, this should round-out my Fischer collection, given my needs, adding these 2 to the two books of his I already have is likely all I will ever really need.
I love every one of Fischer's books. I think I now have a complete collection, though I turn most often to "Basics", personally.
Wow Stephen, that's one heck of a recommendation! I do want to buy Basics at some point, once I start needing things that the Violin Lesson doesn't answer.