One of the best ways to map the fingerboard for your mind and fingers is by learning scales.
Three-octave scales, in particular, can be used to teach nearly all of the notes on the violin.
When people started asking me to write a three-octave scale book for violin, I knew I didn't want to just list the scales (or needlessly put another book out in the world.)
I only wanted write the book if it could solve a problem, or if it could help people learn scales in a new way.
So, the latest violin book we've published (see below) has been more than 5 years in the making!
In the process of writing and editing, I realized that by focusing on whole and half steps (not just half steps), we could clearly map fingerboard distances in our minds.
If we take time to think about the steps in scales and teach them to our fingers, it is possible to truly learn scales, play more in tune, and play in tune more consistently.
(When I saw how it worked, I actually got so excited by the violin book that I wrote a cello scale book that teaches scales the same way; I couldn't let violinists have all the fun!)
Tips for Playing Violin Three-Octave Scale Steps
II = A string
III = D string
IV = G string
Cassia Harvey can't ever find or play enough exercises. She searches for rare and out-of-print studies and etudes in her free time. If you know of any, please let her know. Seriously; it's an obsession.