Magazine article Strings

Complete Technique for Viola (Violin, Cello, Bass)

Magazine article Strings

Complete Technique for Viola (Violin, Cello, Bass)

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Complete Technique for Viola (Violin, Cello, Bass) by Janice Tucker Rhoda. (Carl Fischer $16.99)

Short studies that nurture physical awareness

In this follow up to her best-selling ABCs of Strings series, authorviolinist-teacher Janice Tucker Rhoda presents a new suite of studies and exercises for advanced-beginner to upper-level students. The Complete Technique for Viola, Book 1 covers techniques for violists to learn and improve right-arm bowing and left-hand work in first through fifth positions. Focusing on quality rather than quantity of practice, Tucker Rhoda's short exercises are wonderful, bitesize snippets demonstrating important technical ideas such as slurring, bowing, shifting, double-stops, and octave work.

It presents a good review of the basics and then then moves on to more challenging techniques through the course of 400 exercises, including scales, arpeggios, broken thirds, harmonics, checking octaves, and left-hand pizzicato. …

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