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Can someone point me to the recordings of the piano accompaniment for the Leopold Auer Book 1 exercises?
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Posted: November 29, 2018
Last Comment: December 4, 2018

Alan Barnicoat
Posted: December 4, 2018
This discussion intrigued me so I decided to get the Auer Book 1. I received it yesterday and now I understand - I'm already exhausted from practicing 18A through 19A!
Thanks Elke for your extensive  recordings(still available through the link Diane provided.) - without which I doubt I would have gotten this far.   

Janice Branley
Posted: December 2, 2018
Dear Elke,

I wish I had thought of or known of some way to enhance and encourage the playing of open strings all those many years ago when I first began my violin journey.  I was using an old fashioned teaching book that just indicated "play open strings' (end of!).  It is only now after years of learning that I realise the power of this, and still, often, play open strings, including the 'one minute bow'.

There is so much in this to discover, like the notion that every note has a beginning a middle and and end.  Is the bow hand relaxed and balancing the bow as the weight changes, not gripping.  Are you 'drawing/pulling' the note with even vibrations of the string, or using to much pressure and crushing the sound.  Is your arm weight resting into the bow arm, less at the frog and more towards the tip. Is the bow straight, which actually means a magical curve in the air to achieve it (I think I've heard it referred to hear as a mona lisa smile....)

If music is added, it can be like playing along with a teacher or friend which for me was never possible, so my progress has been halting over the years and from time to time playing with an accompaniment would have been comforting.

It makes me feel a little sad to see words like flat, dull and void; as that seems to conjure up the genie that at times made me cease to play for long periods.  Instead can I offer the words' Supporting, Sharing, Discovering;  which is what we are doing here with this group isn't it?

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Posted: November 30, 2018
Your simple explanation explains to much, perhaps nothing. This is the case of all the simple explanations.
They are flat, dull and void.

Elke Meier
Posted: November 30, 2018
Fabiano, there is a very simple explanation: Open string exercises get very boring, accompaniments help to keep the boredom at bay...

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Posted: November 30, 2018
Two inconvenient considerations:

1- Exercises on open strings serve to concentrate the efforts and attention on the right hand;

2- Exercises on open strings aim at the raw sound;

If these assumptions are correct, what for accompaniments?

One doesn't disagree, just tries to understand.

Elke Meier
Posted: November 30, 2018
I have not found them anywhere else. And they are not real recordings, they are synthesized "recordings" from when I entered them into a music notation program. But they work well. 

Posted: November 29, 2018
There is a link at the bottom of this thread (Elke). If they exist somewhere else on Violinlab, I didn't see them. Good luck.