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Whistler is heavy on thoroughness, comprehensiveness, and this approach agrees with his pedantic insistence on learning the positions in the order 3, 5, 2, but I feel he could use a little pruning and structuring (and maybe flexibility). You'll see what I mean if you look at his 2nd position material (which is very neat and tidy and succinct, albeit perhaps reflecting his lack of interest in 2nd position) and then look at his 3rd position material, which is a big, shapeless sprawl. If there's a viola version, I don't know how useful it will be, as violist friends tell me 2nd position is very useful when it provides more semitones, and thus fewer stretches, between the 3rd and 4th fingers. The meatier exercises tend to be Sitt for 2nd and Wohlfahrt for 3rd, so that one wonders if Sitt and Wohlfahrt might not be better places to go than Whistler: both of them are online and copyright free. Each section tends to begin with too many uninspiring scale exercises, which could be condensed, if only we practised all our scales in every position already, lol!
And what is the culmination of all these studies? We get to play corn like Offenbach, Lehar and Carry me Back to Old Virginny!
This reprint of an old work is a terrifically thorough book with hundreds of brilliant exercises for developing your familiarity with the third and fifth positions. It starts with C major in the third position and each scale has a good number of exercises and studies from older works on technique, such as those by Dancla, etc. There are also exhaustive exercises on shifting for each of the keys. There are also excepts and arrangements of famous pieces in the third and fifth positions, as well as pieces containing combinations of first, third and fifth positions. As an adult beginner of the violin with nearly 30 years experience and proficiency with other instruments, I found this book was exactly what I wanted. I spent about four weeks on the preparatory exercises for C major, and then worked on 3-5 exercises per week for the next three weeks, playing each for about 5 minutes per day. It improved my ability to play in the third position with good intonation a great deal. I definitely couldn't have got to that point without this book. In summary: if you are prepared to put in the effort, this no-nonsense, thorough book will get you playing in higher positions with confidence.
I bought the 3 Whistler books on the recommendation of my violin teacher. And they are all brilliant, and an enjoyable way of developing good technique! I'm already seeing the benefit of including these exercises as part of my daily practice.
An excellent teaching resource. Exercises are short but challenging allowing you to make real progress. The order of exercises is well thought out. The service was prompt and the book arrived in excellent condition.
Recopilación de escalas, estudios y piezas para practicar las posiciones 3ª y 5ª, cambios desde primera posición y combinación de las 3 posiciones. Lo sigo desde hace casi un año como parte de mi rutina de práctica, y ciertamente creo que he avanzado mucho gracias a él. Una aspecto que me parece muy importante es que los distintos ejercicios son bastante breves, por lo que cada uno de ellos se puede estudiar de una sola vez sin necesidad de fragmentarlos.
Así es como deberían ser todos los métodos para enseñar las posiciones (o cualquier otra técnica) en el violín: progresivos, paso a paso, combinando ejercicios con estudios y piezas, y con piezas de corta duración para poder ir quemando etapas.
Es un libro completo. Vienen una gran cantidades de ejercicios y de estudios para las posiciones 3 y 5 del violín. Lo mejor es que son ejercicios cortos que puedes incluir en tu estudio diario fácilmente. Muy contenta con la compra.