left hand technique

Rose Lander said: Jun 14, 2013
Suzuki Association Member
55 posts

i teach a14 year old in the middle of suzuki book 4. she is currently using shradiek school of violin technique for left hand technique and has completed the first part of the book. i am afraid that the next section is beyond her ability. what do you recommend as a sequel? your thoughts
would be most useful. she is repeating the barber scale book using different bowings.

thank you,
rose lander

Merietta Oviatt said: Jun 15, 2013
Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Cello, Viola
Stevens Point, WI
104 posts

Have you looked into the Kievman book? It’s not as difficult, per say, but it takes a lot of thought and really helps with left and right. It’s kind of a pre-cursor to Dounis. Also, there is the Sevcik Op. 8, which focuses on shifting. In fact, you could look into many of the Sevcik books. If she isn’t in any other etude book perhaps looking into Kayser would be good if you don’t think she is quite ready for Kreutzer. If it is specific left hand dexterity/shifting/general work then I would look into the first half of Kievman and Sevcik Op. 8.

Dr. Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Specialist
Viola/Violin Instructor
Aber Suzuki Center, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
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Laura said: Jun 17, 2013
Laura Mozena
Suzuki Association Member
Palm City, FL
105 posts

What about the Wohlfahrt studies? I use these with my book 4 students before Kreutzer.


Paula Bird said: Jun 18, 2013
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

We love Wohlfahrt studies! Tuneful, melodic, accessible. I use these along with William Starr’s scales plus book in book 3 or whenever the student can read comfortably enough.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Barbara Stafford said: Jun 18, 2013
Barbara Stafford
Suzuki Association Member
Plano, TX
59 posts

Another possibility is Harvey Whistler, Introducing the Positions books 1 (3rd, 5th position) and book 2 (2nd, 4th, 6th, and 7th positions). These seem to be organized in a way that zeros in and gives students a good chance to master reading each of the positions (without too much pain!) I used them a lot when I had a bunch of high school students who had started their violin studies in middle school. I think these books are not too difficult and not too easy, but just right as kids are learning all the other positions beyond 1 and 3. (Although, if I am remembering correctly, they are not melodically pleasing—that is the downer.) I have also used Samuel Applebaum 3rd and 5th position string builder/ and his 2nd and 4th postions string builder— these are more melodic, but sometimes too complex rhythmically for some of my students (who again, are often beginning violin in 6th grade—and I was trying to use that book with middle-schoolers in 7th & 8th grade). Now-a-days I’m looking into the Wolfhart Foundation Studies books based on the recommendation of my teacher-trainer and I will see if I get better results or not with those materials. (Better results in my situation means that the kids will actually be more motivated and interested in practicing the materials because they enjoy the materials more. )
But to restate my original suggestion, Introducing the Positions books 1 and 2, I believe, would be excellent preparation for the Schradiek book .

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