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jack
Hello Everyone and Happy Holidays!

With Christmas just around the corner and then the New Year I thought I'd make a request for a future "Beginner Studies Series" videos based on the Etudes Book Superstudies for Violin Book 1 (Solo Violin) by Mary Cohen [listed on the VL's resources page].

I'm trying to work on a practice routine that incorporates Scales and Etudes and Mary Cohen's book seems like a good place to start.  I know that not everyone practice etudes, but I believe that they are a great tool and I'd love so see some videos on how to effectively practice them.

Beth, I know you are probably overwhelmed with projects already, but I think this would be a good series for us beginners to learn rhythm and our way around the fingerboard.  Please consider it.

Many thanks!   

. . . . Ho Ho Ho to you and everyone!  ;-)
jack
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Posted: December 23, 2011
Last Comment: December 27, 2011
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Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: December 27, 2011
Jack, I take it that she did a modern edition, mostly, particularly adding modern fingerings. It is interesting that you talk about sight reading. I hope to use the book for that. I ordered it yesterday from the USA, and it might take two months until it arrives here in Germany. Annoying! But surely worth the wait.

jack
Posted: December 27, 2011
Anne, I took a closer look at Rachel's book and it is a wealth of information although there is no explanations of any sort.  It's basically Rachel performing each tune according to the music sheet.  The DVD does include Rachel demonstrating all the Bowing Variations for Groups of Eight and Six Notes (105 total variations), which is of great help.  Definitely nothing like Beth's videos, but I'm paying attention and doing my best to extract the information.

I'm currently revising my practice schedule and trying to spend more time on Scales, Etudes, Rhythm and basic foundation exercises.  I'm hoping this change will help me build a more solid foundation as I find myself struggling with simple tunes.  I am also still working on sight reading skills.  I have made great progress on sight reading, but I still lack some confidence and keep relying on memory instead of reading the music. Old habits die hard and I am trying my hardest to stop looking at my fingers and focus on the music sheet instead.  One step forward and two steps back makes for slow progress, but I'm confident that I will overcome my difficulties if I keep at it.

Cheers!

jack
Posted: December 25, 2011
@ Beth - Thank you for considering it, I know you are pretty busy.

@ Anne - I just recently purchased the Foundation Studies book you mentioned (http://www.amazon.com/Foundation-Studies-Violin-Position-Revised/dp/B005ZUP04G), I just haven't incorporated into my practice yet.  It's an excellent book and the DVD has Rachel Barton Pine performing all of the tunes; which will certainly be very helpful to a visual learning such as myself.

@  Elizabeth -  Thank you and Happy Holidays to you as well.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 23, 2011
Great to know, Anne.  I'm so glad to hear about the Rachel Barton DVDs! It's about time that these are recorded, no?

elizabeth
Posted: December 23, 2011
Best wishes to everyone for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Harmonious 2012.

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: December 23, 2011
Hi Jack, Beth, and everyone!

Merry Christmas to all of you from me, too.

You know that I am a big fan of Rachel Barton Pine. She has brought out Volume 1 of Foundation Studies by Wohlfahrt, presumably starting with the simple ones. It comes with a DVD of her playing all of them. Here is a link to her playing one of them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuSI6t54KWY. Todd Ehle (Professor V) also has some tutorials on Wohlfahrt at http://www.youtube.com/user/professorV#grid/user/C87D94AE592BC324.

I know that that is not what you have been asking for, but perhaps it can tie you over until Beth gets down to this project.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 23, 2011
I'm glad you're working from that book. I think all her books are brilliant. Your request is duly noted ; )