Supplements for beginning, remedial, and self-teaching students that accelerate every teaching method, including Doflein, O’Connor, Suzuki, and Applebaum.

Violin VersionViola VersionCello Version
Violin VersionViola VersionCello Version



See Saw Swing is a revolution in how to learn the violin, a paradigm shift. How does it work?

Metatechnical Exercises oscillate a student‘s attention-processing between left brain and right brain to generate an accelerated learning curve.

Long strokes, short strokes and string crossings are the three basic bowing problems. No fancy words. No fancy notes. Just 60 pages of variations on a simple tune. These variations are adaptable to any teaching system.

Metatechnical Exercises effect dynamic changes at the neuroplastic level.

Practicing these exercises makes you mentally more alert, improving both tone production and note reading.

Metatechnical Exercises are whole brain learning in action.

All of you is smarter than part of you; these exercises light up both hemispheres of the brain, and the forebrain, freeing students to apply critical thinking to  finding their way around on their violin, viola or cello.

See Saw Swing provides a flexible solution for your teaching needs covering every note up to 4th position on all four strings, connecting your teaching to the fundamental exercises that students need.

THE VIVALDI HYPOTHESIS: when your students have completed this book, they will be ready to learn music at the level of the Vivaldi Concerto in a minor

(achievable in one year or less)!


Michael Alexander Strauss is available for workshops, consultations, and lessons.


These are individual books for violin, viola, and cello, all coordinated for ensemble work.

Once students have mastered See Saw Swing, they are ready to progress to See Saw Slide: Exercises for Shifting, Glissando, Velocity, and Vibrato.

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