Carefully selected and curated to support teachers and students in their artistic and technical development, the Violin Series, 2021 Edition includes pieces from a diverse range of eras and styles that represent stepping stones to major violin repertoire. Each level is constructed to link repertoire selections to necessary techniques and corresponding etudes, while illustrating step-by-step connections for developing core skills.
Building upon previous levels, Violin Technique, Etudes, and Musicianship 5–8 expands technical exercises to include three-octave scales and arpeggios, chromatic scales, dominant 7th and diminished 7th arpeggios, one-octave flageolets, and a mix of one- and two-octave double-stop chords consisting of thirds, sixths, and octaves. Etudes range from those by traditional composers to modern commissions that explore unique technical concepts.
Comprehensive musicianship skills are further developed through sight-reading passages where students encounter double stops, left-hand pizzicato, artificial harmonics, and a variety of articulations and position work within keys of up to four sharps or flats in simple or compound time. Ear training exercises focus on intervals, chords, chord progressions, clapbacks and playbacks.