See Saw Swings: What Is It?

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.

I want to thank all the visitors to my site. And now I hope you can see how this system accelerates my students beyond belief. You can purchase books with one click on this site.

“Awesome! See Saw Swings is absolutely great. It does amazing things for students of all ages, needs and abilities. I am more and more impressed – and everyone who uses it likes it!”

James Bergin, Active Violin Teacher President, Boston Microtonal Society

“See Saw Swings is easy to play and memorize and it helped me in all areas of playing. Since playing See Saw, I was able to do incredibly better at making beautiful music. It was surprising how good I sounded and how simple it was.”

Nick Travisano, 8th grade intermediate student

“By practicing See Saw Swings every day, I was able to improve on so many skills! I think See Saw Swings helped me get into orchestra because I was put as first violin. I always made a beautiful sound when I played which I think was the work of See Saw Swings.”

June Lee, 6th grade beginning student
Accepted to her 6th grade orchestra after less than three months of violin study.

“There is a clear improvement in my playing when I practice See Saw Swings regularly.”

Jillian Toth, Advanced violin student

“My daughter took to See Saw Swings like a duck to water. She loves it and still prefers practicing from See Saw over other exercise books. Literally every standard recital piece coming from multiple levels of Suzuki has a great complementary practice piece in
See Saw Swings which is extremely helpful to my young violin-studying hopeful.”

Eva Yaschur

“See Saw Swings is an adaptive system for string players that compliments all methods- programs for early learners through intermediate levels. It is very useful support material for group programs and studio teaching that students really enjoy.”

Dr. Alice Lindsay Artist in Residence, Loyola University, New Orleans

Director of Outreach and Community Partnerships, Philadelphia International Music Festival

“Practicing See Saw Swings made immediate as well as long term progress evident in my son’s violin skills and confidence. Even one lesson and one week of practice helped make an evident difference. It’s a highly effective warm-up as well as a habit-correcting method. I was so impressed with this book that I bought See Saw Swings for cello for my daughter. My son hears his own progress and believes it has an almost magical quality.”

Karen Travisano, Nick’s Mom

“Great book on technique and a great way to improve.”

Justin Cheng, 8th grade violin student

“See Saw Swings” has an easy beat and it’s memorable- when you play it a couple of times, it easily gets stuck in your head.”

Timothy Wan, 14 year old beginner