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July 9, 2019 - 11:23 am
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Recently I watched the YouTube of Nathan Cole of Nate's Violin.com discussing the learning techniques for vibrato based on the Simon Fischer book, Warming Up.

Personally, I found the exercises that Nathan Cole goes over to be quite good and they make a lot of sense.  So I ended up also ordering the book by Simon Fischer as well.

Simon Fischer has several series which cover many topics for strings.  Some are lesson form and some cover technique.  Others provide sheet music to play, and I presume to learn from.  

Those of you who are familiar with Simon Fischer will be able to speak more to the teaching style and material he has written.  I felt that this book, Warming Up, has good technical work that you can add to your practice.  It helps me to remember these little skills that I need to keep up and constantly work on.

Some of his material tends to lean more on the advanced... and certainly is well into the intermediate areas of string playing.

For me, I believe it will be helpful.  I think it has enough material that is challenging enough for my level of playing and will help me to maintain my skills in a wide range.

After shipping and tax, it was $20

Does anyone have any other recommendations for the Simon Fischer materials?

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July 9, 2019 - 9:27 pm
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I have Simon Fischers CD set tone production, he states all you have to do is draw a straight bow and you can do all the exercises. And the very basic exercises you can, but to do them in there advance stages, that is well above me still, it is how ever a good tool to work on your bow control and sound production. I'll have to look for the exact time but it's over 3 hours of instruction and examples the cost I think was $45.00


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July 10, 2019 - 3:00 am
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You ask at an awkward moment. In addition to Galamian's classic I have Basics and The Violin Lesson by Fischer. In my first couple of months I referred to all of them dozens of times a day, but not for a while now. I guess I'm at an intermediate stage where playing is infinitely more profitable than reading. Who knows what I'll think in a year's time. My teacher knows Simon - he's obsessive, and the books are obsessive (not necessarily in the best possible way).


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July 10, 2019 - 4:31 pm
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@Gordon Shumway 

I get that

I guess I am looking more for material that is a bit beyond typical "Violin I,II,III" to work on specific skills which Simon Fischer covers.

- Pete -

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July 10, 2019 - 4:46 pm
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Simon Fischer's books are not meant to be a method and should not be used as one. Fischer should be used as reference material and supplemental exercises for whatever technique you are working on at any given time. I have The Violin Lesson and Basics. I use them mostly for technical troubleshooting, and sometimes when I want to focus on improving one aspect of my playing. The nice thing about them is that they are useful at all levels from beginner to professional.

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