See Saw Swings: What Is It?

See Saw Swing are exercises for beginning and remedial string students. One melody is developed over more than 60 pages, with a hypothesis: any student who can negotiate the entire book will be ready to learn the Vivaldi Concerto in a minor, or a similar piece.

How long does this take? Not nearly as long as you would think. When you follow the directions as presented in the book, for students over eight years of age, it will take less than a year. It frequently takes my students less than six months, with high quality tone and intonation, and great pride in their accomplishment.

But how, you ask. And here is how.

Because it uses one simple tune, the student quickly adapts to different finger patterns and shifting. The shifting pages are called VOCALIZATION and rely on half steps. Most importantly, this system engages both hemispheres of the brain because of the alternation that you see from See Saws to fingerings.

Also, because every exercise is written out for the three string pairs, there are actually only about twenty pages to learn, and then to practice on all the strings.

There are rhythms supplied, so that when a student gets a little bored, have them play a different rhythm.

Another essential element is to move the student forward technically as soon as possible. There is no reason to wait a year or two to teach shifting; vocalization comes easily to everyone who tries it.

This is a new paradigm for training string players. There is, to my knowledge, no other beginner book that incorporates shifting, scales in every major key, and such a plethora or rhythm. It also adapts for double stop practice. I often say that See Saw Swing is so simple that it’s….simple-minded!

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I am seeking one teacher at a time willing to embrace a paradigm shift. One at a time. From here, do feel free to go to the Books for Sale page to get a trial copy at a discount.

“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