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Complete Technique for Violin, Book 1

400 Exercises include 45 Musical Studies in Positions 1 through 5

By Janice Tucker Rhoda

Strings Violin
400 Exercises include 45 Musical Studies in Positions 1 through 5. Composed by Janice Tucker Rhoda. SWS. Back To School. Softcover. With Standard notation. Carl Fischer Music #BF94. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.BF94).

Item Number: CF.BF94

ISBN 9780825894480. 9 x 12 inches.

From the author of the popular ABCs of Strings method, Janice Tucker Rhodas Complete Technique for Violin suits the advanced beginner to upper level student wishing to learn or improve their left-hand and right bow-arm skills. Starting in first position, and proceeding carefully through the higher positions, this method book uses short studies to demonstrate specific technical ideas. The book starts with solidifying the combination of note reading, rhythm, and bow distribution, then quickly progresses to a variety of bowing techniques and use of positions I - V, explaining the physicality of the left and right hands, arms, elbows, and shoulders. Using a mixture of more melodic studies with purely technical exercises, this book quickly gives players information and confidence to improve their playing.
Complete Technique for Violin suits the advanced beginner to upper level student wishing to learn or improve skills starting in first position, and proceeding carefully and methodically through higher positions. The order of learning the positions is traditional. Begin with First Position (I) for stability of basic left-hand and right bow-arm skills, and follow with Third Position (III), which has easy first finger Octave and second finger Unison exercises. Progress to Second Position (II), Fifth Position (V), and Fourth Position (IV). While shifting up the fingerboard, fingers look and feel closer together. This naturally occurs when the pitches are in tune. If fingers are placed too far apart, the pitches will sound sharp. The first finger and thumb guide the left hand while shifting from position to position. The A-string is the most naturalfeeling string, therefore, this book focuses on learning each new position on A-string, then E-string, D-string, and lastly G-string. Hammock Swing Technique, utilized throughout, develops flexible body movements. See page 24. Solely stretching lefthand fingers to reach D- and G-String notes can put unnecessary, undue strain on the left hand. Freely moving the arms creates a comfortable balance while playing. Many movements are controlled in string instrument playing, but supple muscle action is paramount. The four most important key aspects of disciplined concentration are: precise playing of pure intonation (playing in tune), steady rhythm, beautiful timbre (sound quality), and stable and secure posture. Pure Intonation In addition to Checking Octaves, Playing Preparations is a developmental tool to use regularly. See page 20. Be sure your Violin is well-tuned before every practice session. Tuning the strings before placing it in the case after sessions helps keep it reliably in tune. Quality Practice versus Quantity Practice Play slowly and accurately daily with a metronome. Progress through the suggested tempos as your technique develops. See page 4. Patient, accurate repetition is the key to developing correct, lasting, quality playing. Hasty, inattentive repetition instills mistakes and habits difficult to rectify later. It is most advantageous to practice perfectly for 30 minutes, rather than 60 minutes with imperfections. 400 Exercises with 45 Musical Studies Strengthen left-hand fingers, and improve dexterity of both left-hand, and right-hand and bow-arm techniques. Exercises for double-stops, quick fingers, rolling fingers, bow balancing, slow bow control, finger substitution, left-hand pizzicato, ballet of shifting, all incorporate valuable steps in development. The studies include expressive text and dynamics, and prepare students for solo student concertos, sonatas, and show pieces.

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  • June 15, 2018 excellent book!

    This book has studies and exercises in positions 1 thru 5, so it teaches all levels beginner through advanced. I originally bought it for 3rd position exercises, but realized quickly it is very useful to go back to the beginning and rediscover beginning technique and patch up any technical "holes...

    " as this book contains it all! I am using this book more than my other technical books. The studies are very lyrical yet intricately technical at the same time, and the exercises are Not boring and tedious. I want to play them over and over. As a matter of fact, I have never practiced this much in my life! It is a testament to this book. There is a lot of interesting text in the book helping me understand the mechanics of playing violin. I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to improve their violin technique. I am tempted to order the ABCs of Violin books by the same author.

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  • June 02, 2014 A modern classic!

    "Janice's new violin technique book is an essential part of any violinist's daily practice. Her exercises and etudes are truly comprehensive, well organized, refreshingly musical and a joy to play." Sean Li Child Violinist & Music Teacher

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