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TONE: Experimenting with proportions on the viola
The alto clef edition of the violin Tone book has been sent to the printers and will be available soon.
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Simon Fischer playing his transcriptions. Click here
A recent message to Simon Fischer about the Scales book
I wish to say a few grateful words of true appreciation for my new and improved technique. I realized that after three days of practicing the viola scales my scales were in tune with these exercises.
I had been working on some more advanced scales for months, and every day I was not sure if i would play them in tune. It was lucky if I did. Now If my teacher asks for scales I know I can play them without a doubt.
I was so hooked i ordered Basics and decided to just do some basic self-transcribing for viola so I can consume more Simon Fischer genius. Every time I open the Scales book it feels like having a world class pedagogue in the room. It is a true joy.
This is also a plea to please, please transcribe Basics for viola. I promise everyone will buy it, and if they don't I will buy them all! I am sure I am just one in a sea of millions you have helped, but i wished to be another person to thank you for everything you do.
Part of a recent letter to Simon Fischer about the tone exercises
I once again express my eternal gratitude to you for the tone production work you recommended. It's like I have been playing in black and white my whole life, and there are now suddenly colours everywhere to be discovered.
The explosion of possibilities I'm experiencing is almost overwhelming - a similar feeling to when I got my new violin (which is a very fine old Italian), and perhaps even more so. It will take months and maybe even years for me to master all the new-found colours of the instrument, and I am looking forward to every minute of it.
It is with some regret now that I seem to have played the violin for more than twenty years with almost no awareness of contact point and the different tonal qualities of each one, and I think in the process of all of that, I had stopped listening!
The Secrets of Tone Production on All Bowed String Instruments DVD is now also available via streaming from MusicGurus
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