When Heifetz tested him at the age of fourteen, he had to play scales to really test his violin technique. If you have scales , arpeggios and double stops in your fingers, it will take so much less time to practice a new piece of music. You can focus on expression and musicality much earlier without getting lost in the technique. This all depends on your level of playing and what you want to improve on right now. Never practice scales mindlessly. This is the book I grew up with.
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When Heifetz tested him at the age of fourteen, he had to play scales to really test his violin technique. If you have scales , arpeggios and double stops in your fingers, it will take so much less time to practice a new piece of music. You can focus on expression and musicality much earlier without getting lost in the technique.
This all depends on your level of playing and what you want to improve on right now. Never practice scales mindlessly. This is the book I grew up with. You can pick for example the key of the piece you play and do all kinds of scale exercises in it.
It starts with one octave scales, arpeggios and broken thirds in one octave on one string. The only downside might be that there are not much bowing and rhythm variations, but I was always used that my teacher gave me assignments about this. Click here to buy the Flesch violin scale book in the edition I recommend. Volume 1 includes scales organized per exercise.
So each exercise like scales on one string is given in each key. Flesch is organized per key and gives all exercises in that key. It depends on your practice strategy what you like best.
The book includes an insert with bowing and rhythm patterns that you can apply to the scales. Very useful! I recommend buying both volumes including the bowing and rhythm patterns. Click here to buy volume 1 and here to buy volume 2. Just as Galamian this book is organized per exercise and gives this exercise in all keys.
It walks you through the positions with specific scale exercises for each position. I know a lot of accomplished violinists who grew up with Sevcik instead of Flesch. This can differ per country. Click here to buy the Sevcik violin scale book.
Classical violinist helping you overcome technical struggles and play with feeling by improving your bow technique. This is a great bundle of the three violin technique books by Schradieck and his scale studies book. Book one gives dexterity exercises in various postions, which are great to improve the confidence, speed and flexibility of your left hand.
Really helpful! Book two gives exercises in double stops. Practicing double stops is so great for your intonation and left hand technique in general. The three books total pages of great violin technique exercises. You might want to get these in addition to one of the above scale books.
As the scale book is a bit limited I recommend getting this bundle as an addition to one of the three books mentioned above. Click here to buy the Schradieck bundle. The complete scale books I mention above might be not so accessible to beginners or intermediate violin players. You might want to start with something easier and move to a more advanced and complete scale book later.
Please forgive me for tooting my own horn. This is also an accessible scale book to start out with. This book teaches you up to three octave major scales and prepares you very well for these throughout the book. I also like the great number of bowing variations this book offers. The downside of this book is that it starts with very simple exercises, but it gives them in all keys. Click here to get the Hrimaly violin scale book.
Do you practice scales on a daily basis? Let me know in the comments below what book you use and what your scale practice strategy is at the moment. There were times I practiced scales for almost two hours a day, but to be fair those days are gone, haha! I use scales a almost daily warm up at the moment. I play the viola. Any book on scales you can recommend?
Sure, Flesch for example is also available for the viola! Thank you for freely sharing your expertise and guidance The following scale books are for the violin first position. My very basic scale book is Scales for the Violin by Samuel Flor which covers all 24 scales major and melodic minor and arpeggios Another that I have used is A Beginning Scale book by C Paul Herfurth and includes studies in thirds, arprggios and an introduction to Double Stops.
Two others for violin are by Samuel Applebaum: Scales for Strings Book 1 and 2 with plenty of exercises and cover major and all three minors up to 3 sharps and 3 flats. Hope this helps at the beginner level. What pieces are you working on right now? My aim is to get all scales Major and Minor all 3 up to and including 4 sharps and 4 flats in two octaves. Nearly there. A bit late in life. You might find it interesting.
Congrats on your patience of not wanting to go too fast into position playing. To get a good foundation will save you a lot of time and frustration in the future :. Keep on going!
Scale-Studies for Violin (Hřímalý, Jan)
Recently, my teacher assigned me to Barbara Barber's Scales for Advanced Violinist scale book, and started me on 3 octave scales beginning with G major. But my teacher started me with G major scale, then harmonic and melodic minor and their appregios. I find this a bit strange but didn't want to question my teacher. Is this an odd approach? I think the Barber book is complicated enough.
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