Your scale books and finger exercise books are fantastic! I wish I had learned of them sooner. For decades I used two Klengel books for this as Elsa Hilger studied with him and we as conservatory students went through ALL of them. Yours are so much more interesting and creative, and they get the job done! For myself, I use books 2 and 3 for the finger exercises and three of the three-octave scale books. One of my students is also using a bowing book and it is helping her to improve.
After not playing a string instrument for 30 years because of other musical career choices I decided to play the cello in my retirement. After not having any success with the traditional methods and not wanting to start with “twinkle, twinkle”, I stumbled across Cassia Harvey’s string books. They were exactly what I needed: well organized, progressive books addressing specific technics, playing styles or problems in a very systematic and through way perfectly complementing the repertoire that you are working on. Her Bach , Fauré and Saint-Saëns books are marvels of education on how to practice. In a relatively short period of time, I reached a level in cello playing that I did not expect that soon. Highly recommended for teachers and autoditacts too!
Just wanted to let you know that your Third Position for the Violin Book has been well received by my students. I handed them out and thought that I'd start up with them in a week or 3. What happened was....they just opened them up themselves and jumped in!! One student said, "I did the first few pages...I couldn't help myself!"
B. G., violin, viola
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