Double Stops for the Violin

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Eleanor Bennett said: Mar 11, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Villa Rica, GA
62 posts

Can anyone recommend a book for teaching double stops? Also some pieces with double stops. Student is in Book IV and studying 3 Octave scales

Thanks,
Eleanor Bennett

Eleanor Bennett

Sharon Neufeld said: Mar 12, 2013
Sharon Neufeld
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Greenfield, IN
14 posts

Melodious Double Stops, by Josephine Trott

For VIOLIN—http://www.amazon.com/Melodious-Double-Stops-Complete-Books-String/dp/1423427092/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363077359&sr=8-1&keywords=melodious+double+stops+by+josephine+trott

For VIOLA—http://www.amazon.com/Josephine-Trott-Melodious-Double-Stops-transcribed/dp/0634064509/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1363077359&sr=8-3&keywords=melodious+double+stops+by+josephine+trott

Rose Lander said: Mar 12, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
55 posts

why don’t you use the same book for scales and double stops—farmmore efficient and logical? barber scales are for the more advanced kids, skeleton—violin technique for the kids who are slower. it starts with one octave scales, doublestops, chromatics, then progresses to 2 octave scales, etc. it is very logical and efficient.
best, rose

Alissa said: Mar 12, 2013
Alissa Rieb
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Viola
61 posts

I second melodious double stops. There are two volumes for violin and they sound like short pieces… I’ve found Barber’s scale book a little too steep for younger book 4 students, but the fingered octaves etc. are great and if you already have it you can use chunks from it

JoAnn said: Mar 12, 2013
 Violin, Viola
20 posts

I also use Trott; however I also like DOUBLE STOP STUDIES FOR THE VIOLIN op. 96 by Richard Hofmann. Both methods are very similar, and use double stops in short melodic pieces, the first nine or ten of which only use one finger plus open string at a time and then go into true “double finger” double stops.

I prefer Hoffman a bit more than Trott, as I like the melodies a bit more in Hofmann, but they are incredibly similar. Hofmann is not available transcribed for viola.

I think having the double stops in a more melodic setting is more attractive to the student. Some students really dislike practicing double stops, and this makes it a bit more palatable.

Doing straight double stop “studies” like in the Barber or Flesch scale systems (all thirds, 6ths, octaves, etc. are essential-especially for older and more advanced students, but it is also important to put them in a more practical usage, as they will be seen in repertoire.

Sue Hunt said: Mar 13, 2013
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

Is the Trott available for viola? I made my own transcription, but unfortunately lost it when I upgraded my computer.

Sharon Neufeld said: Mar 13, 2013
Sharon Neufeld
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Greenfield, IN
14 posts
Jennifer Visick said: Mar 14, 2013
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

Actually, isn’t the Hofmann double stop studies book transcribed by violaworld?

http://www.violaworldpublications.com/studies.html

Or is this a different one?

Mircea said: Mar 14, 2013
Mircea Ionescu
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Viola
Crestwood, KY
23 posts

Thank you all for the insightful strategies!

Eleanor, I would definitely use one of the books recommended, depending on the approach the student needs.

I would also recommend to use this this opportunity to develop the ear and improvisation by adding open strings to Volume I & II pieces. I have noticed that teaching new skills always grants me the possibility to grow the creativity and aural skills of the student. All the best!

JoAnn said: Mar 17, 2013
 Violin, Viola
20 posts

Thanks Rainejen! I didn’t know the Hofmann had been transcribed-the last time I made a search for it for viola it wasn’t- but that was quite a few years ago. I am very happy about that. Thanks for the link!

JoAnn

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