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Violin and Viola (Yehudi Menuhin music guides) Paperback – 20 Apr 1978

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Macdonald & J.; New impression edition (20 April 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356047164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356047164
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,083,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most valuable thing a music teacher can transmit to students is the knowledge of how to analyse one's own playing and make appropriate corrections. That analysis is the primary focus of this book. The authors provide plenty of advice on proper technique, but the instructions are accompanied by a solid explanation of the underlying mechanisms. The transcriptions of lessons at the Yehudi Menuhin school are especially valuable as illustrations of this type of analysis.
The material covered is broad in scope: from yoga, Tai Chi, visualisation and nutrition to more traditional and technical exercises. But don't get the idea that the book lacks focus; all of these different disciplines are brought together in a logical progression.
I play traditional Irish music, not classical music, so I found it necessary to modify or even skip many of the exercises. The book inspired me to invent several exercises that were more appropriate for the style of music I play. The authors use some terminology from classical music that may be unfamiliar to fiddlers, but every term is explained in detail, and there's a handy glossary at the back of the book.
This book would probably be quite overwhelming to a complete beginner. But even if some of the material is too advanced for you right now, better to have this book early in your career so you can be aware of critical issues and avoid developing bad habits.
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Fabulous hard-to-find violin/viola instruction book. I bought it for Primrose's wonderful interview on posture and playing without a shoulder rest. Terrific.
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Format: Paperback
A wounderfull book full of personal, sometimes to much subjective considerations, by a great master. Beginners like me will feel that most technical considerations are far to advanced. If you have the musical knowledge to understand it, it is the vision of a outstanding musician. May be in a five years time I will feel some benefit from reading it. For the time beeing I would not recommmend it.
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