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Best scales book(s) and why?
Best scales book(s) and why?
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sf_bev
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I started off self-teaching from Essential Elements Interactive.  I've discovered if I do some scales before attempting exercises in the book, my intonation is better.  So I'm looking for scale exercises.  Fiddlerman has some Sevcik on his site, and I printed the first few pages of Opus 6, but it's mostly bowing work and double stops.

What books are other beginners using for practicing scales, and why do you like the one(s) you're using?

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My favorite is Carl Flesch, but they are not easy.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Whatever you decide, I recommend the intonia app. It literally shows you if your playing the correct note. I use it ever day, scales and songs.

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Thanks @Fiddlerman and @xCoach.  I was beginning to think I wouldn't get any replies.  I think Flesch is a bit much for me right now, but I'll keep it in mind.  And I'll look into the intonia app.  😉

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Barbara Barber is not so bad, but I haven't looked at her for a while. She and others hint at a system where you end on the second finger on the E string on every scale, after 2 octaves, then progress up the E string 1212344. But there's a little inconsistency between Barber's fingerings on her 2-octave scales and her 3-octave scales, so I don't worry so much about her at the moment.

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Hrimaly is much closer to beginner level than Flesch, if I remember correctly.

Once you get to three-octave scales, I prefer Galamian.

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Thank you @Gordon Shumway and @AndrewH.  I'd not heard of Hrimaly.  I'll look at that.  And I might try Barbara Barber.  I got confused because I believe her books are either for Youth or Advanced (if I'm remembering right).

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sf_bev said
Thank you @Gordon Shumway and @AndrewH.  I'd not heard of Hrimaly.  I'll look at that.  And I might try Barbara Barber.  I got confused because I believe her books are either for Youth or Advanced (if I'm remembering right).

  

Volume 1 is called "Scales for Young Violinists" or similar wording, but it's not for children. My copy's in a box somewhere, so I can't find it. But it's basically every scale for 2 octaves.

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I haven't seen the Barber scale books, but I've heard that they borrow some ideas from Galamian. They would probably be a good stepping stone toward Galamian.

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I like Galamian's Principles a lot, so I may look into his scales one day.

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