Fischer - Practice: 250 Step by Step Practice Methods for the Violin. Peters Edition.

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Simon Fischer, a respected player and pedagogue, is the author of Basics, another hefty and highly-acclaimed reference for violinists.  In a similarly thorough fashion he has approached the concept of practicing in Practice: 250 Step-by-Step Practice Methods for the Violin.  By use of real musical examples, Fischer walks the reader through sensible and helpful ways to practice challenging techniques for maximum success and retention.

Published by Edition Peters.  344 pages, including index and introduction.

From the back cover:

The music examples in Practice, drawn from the standard solo violin repertoire, illustrate typical musical and technical demands that arise during the normal course of playing.

By learning how to practice one passage, you learn how to practice other passages of the same type.

With more than 750 music examples (chosen from over 100 works) and over 100 photographs, Practice is packed with ideas and information to help you get the very most out of every minute that you practice.

  • Some of the practice methods are ways of solving problems
  • Some are ways of finding out what the problems actually are. So often we know that something is not quite right, but we dont know why.
  • Some are ways of trying to cause yourself problems, so that afterwards what you actually have to do feels easier.
  • Some practice methods build and improve technique at the same time as making a specific passage easier to play in the first place.
Practice is intended just as much for the teacher as for the player. It offers a wide range of answers to musical and technical problems that students typically present, and adds to any teachers library of practice methods that they pass on to their students.

Part 1 - Fast Passages
and more

Part 2 - Tone
Point of Contact

Part 3 - Key Strokes
and more

Part 4 - Left Hand
Left-Hand Pizzicato
and more...

Part 5 - Shifting
Intermediate Notes
Timing the Shift
Chromatic Glissando
and more

Part 6 - Intonation
Sharps and Flats
Isolating Individual Notes
Double Stops
and more

Part 7 - Freedom and Ease
Finger Action
Releasing the Right Hand
Back and Neck
and more

Part 8 - Further Essentials
Practicing Performing
and more

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    Posted By: Terry Wilkinson from Eau Claire, WI
    October 21, 2007

    Thought provoking book

    This book is similar to Fischer's Basics except it focuses on solving problems as encountered in pieces. Because it uses examples from the standard repertoire, it gives the student/teacher ideas or all the various things that should be considered when playing and interpreting a piece. ... (See Full Review)

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