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The secret of the violin has been revealed. For some reason, can't copy and paste from the document but the few paragraphs at the bottom of the document appeal to me: "In conclusion, I will call attention to the study of the so-called 'muted-scale' through which an endeavor must be made to sustain each tone of a scale for at least on minute, in a scarcely audible manner"...."Viotti not having played for a considerable length of time declared that after practicing long sustained notes in the above described manner for 2 hours, his fingers regained their former dexterity and flexibility to such an extent as though he had never stopped playing"
The whole document is worth reading. Surely a better place to start than Sevcik.
Yes, AdverseD is basically correct. Sevcik is a mountain of work and is impractical for a video diary and the practice time limits of an adult beginner. So whats the big fuss about this Rode scale book? Well, its an experiment to see if the really slow and really fast bow speeds and the imbedded dynamic markings actually work in producing overall dexterity and eliminating some basic problems such as bow bounce and nervous bow tremor. I like the fact it is very concise and imbeds tonal change inside a simple musical context without all the explicit physics (monitoring speed, pressure variables) and visual cues (watching the string vibrate as widely as possible).
The philosophy of Rode is to get the most intimate feel for the bows interaction with the string always in the simplest musical context of a scale.
I think the first book of Sevcik Opus 1, even just the first few pages would be good for an adult beginner. Although the exercises are mainly for the left hand, one is instructed to play the sequences as single notes using single bows, then as many slurred notes in one long bow.
I don't understand that Rode 24 Caprices pdf ... it contains no caprices at all.
I have the Edition Peters copy of the book, with the full 24 caprices. They are most certainly not for a beginner.
Jim, its a preface to the actual caprices which are extremely difficult. Well, for me, its simply the sustained tone exercise that I think is important and to my knowledge is missing from Sevcik. Pierre should upload the publicly available Casorti "The Techniques of Bowing Op. 50" which I think is the nicest concise collection of exercises for the bow. Other than that, Sevcik is really great except I think the Beginners School is a complete waste of time. It reminds me of the dreadful experience I had with Suzuki. Opus 1 is the most sensible starting point as you wisely advise and Pierre's Dexterity exercises came out of it.
The confusion arises out of the best reference for the violin, Flesch Art of playing the violin book 1. He warns that Sevcik must be used sparingly. Just doesn't make any sense to me.
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