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Do All Violin Book Practice Pieces Make Musical Sense?
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I have been diligently practicing (without benefit of a teacher) for about eight months now and I am just about finished with the second book of the Muller Rusch String Method.  I can find no musical sense in about 15% of the assigned short songs.  I have previously assumed that it was due to problems with my intonation and/or phrasing, but as theses things improve I am beginning to wonder if they are the result of badly transcribed notation and other publishing errors.  Has anyone else noticed similar situations?

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It's difficult to know what you mean without seeing an example.

But I'd say that, comparing modern guitar music with piano music as I remember it from the Seventies, the quality of publishing does seem much lower and more prone to error now compared with 40 years ago, when, frankly, I don't recall seeing a single misprint.

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Usually the intent is that the Etude will help you practice one or more necessary techniques. I don't know if it's a written rule which would explain the times where you may find the etude makes no sense. 🙁
Truth is that any piece can be used as an etude for improving something.

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Fiddlerman said
Usually the intent is that the Etude will help you practice one or more necessary techniques. I don't know if it's a written rule which would explain the times where you may find the etude makes no sense. 🙁
Truth is that any piece can be used as an etude for improving something.  

Did you mean to post this on Kreuzer 29?

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Andrew Fryer said

Fiddlerman said
Usually the intent is that the Etude will help you practice one or more necessary techniques. I don't know if it's a written rule which would explain the times where you may find the etude makes no sense. 🙁
Truth is that any piece can be used as an etude for improving something.  

Did you mean to post this on Kreuzer 29?

No

Title is:

Do All Violin Book Practice Pieces Make Musical Sense? I assumed that Irv was writing "Violin Book Practice Pieces" instead of "Etudes".

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......I can find no musical sense in about 15% of the assigned short songs. .....

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I apologise. I misunderstood.

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Andrew Fryer said
I apologise. I misunderstood.  

No worries. I'm not very clear.... Too vague sometimes. Sorry.

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I think that I may have an answer.  The books I am using schedule the same set of instructions for all of the instruments from violin to string bass, and may not be consistent with the number of sharps and flats between notes and staff notation.  On rare occasions the difficulty of the page is out of character with previous or subsequent pages (it may take me three weeks to master half a page and only a few days to master other pages).

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