See Saw Swings are exercises for beginning and remedial string students: one picture is worth a thousand words:
There are 60 pages of variations, which can be practiced in countless ways. All of the notes are written out so the student is learning to read. When the student can play the second measure, he can play the fourth, because it is the same fingering on the next string. The student can practice the fingered measures vertically. The teacher can play with the student in canon. Once the student has learned the low second finger, in bar 26 write a natural sign before the G and the student is being prepared to learn Bach Minuets. Once the student has practiced the shifting exercises at the end of the volume, he can go back and practice from the beginning all on the A string, or all in 3rd position, or all in 4th. There are two pages of rhythmic suggestions. Also, only two notes change in every line. When practicing the string crossings, focus entirely on the bow arm. When fingering, trust the bow and focus on the fingers. The exercises generate all 12 major keys in at least two different octaves, with different finger patterns.
The key is to press on with different exercises even though the first exercises are less than perfect. They will become easier. The working hypothesis is that every student who can negotiate all 60 pages is ready to learn the Vivaldi Concerto in a minor, or a piece of like complexity. How long does this take? At two pages per day, four months. I have had students do it in three. With young beginners, an average of six pages a day gets them there in ten months. Yes, it’s possible. I’ve done it. So can you.
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