A Treatise for Violinists and Violists

A Treatise for Violinists and ViolistsThis treatise will give serious students the knowledge of the means by which complete mastery of the violin may be acquired in the shortest possible time. Highlighted is the principle of “Dynamic Freedom” or “Strength-Freedom of Movement” as the solution to acquiring the manual skill necessary for excellence in playing the instrument.

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The Key to the Mastery of Bowing

The Key to the Mastery of BowingThis volume is companion to “The Key to the Mastery of the Finger-Board“. Here, the same principles are followed in the solution of the vast and complex problem of right-arm technique. Bowing presents this problem because there are easily millions of rhythmical variations, accents, and inflections in using a bow. In attaining a competent technical command of bowing, there are very definite and well-defined fundamental principles which form the entire structure of the bowing mechanism.

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The Key to the Mastery of the Finger-board

Key to the Mastery of the Finger-boardIn this volume, the author discusses the “musical secret” that Paganini said he would bequeath to the world as mentioned in Schottky’s biography of the great violinist. The author likens the principles set forth in this volume to the same kind of regimen that Paganini would have had to follow to attain the heights to which he rose. The use of the principles and practice recommended herein should develop the violinist’s ease in ascending and descending the whole range of the finger-board with facility and accuracy, commanding all positions with equal ease.

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The Key to the Mastery of Double Stopping

The Key to the Mastery of Double StoppingThis volume is for beginners in double-stopping as well as more accomplished violinists. The problem of the mastery of double-stopping is essentially one of mastering up-and-down movements within the two-octave finger-board range on each set of strings. The studies should be practiced on the G and D strings as well as other strings as needed.

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Studies in Finger Action and Position Playing

Studies in Finger Action and Position PlayingFour exercises are presented to violinists. Exercise 1 is designed to develop strength and absolute independence of finger action and ease in quick adjustment of the fingers in chord playing. Exercise 2 is for the extension and retraction of finger action and for the development of expansion and flexibility of the hand and fingers. Exercise 3 is for the development of great speed and accuracy in finger action. Exercise 4 is concerned with the process of across-string adaptability.

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