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"I am enjoying working my way through this book and will recommend it for everyone wishing to improve their techniques and precision playing" [show more] About Fitzpatrick - Melodies for the Young Violinist e-book:
E-Book, for the Young Violinist, Third Edition
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(digital e-book), Videos
Genre: classical, traditional, instructional
Skill Level: easy/intermediate
Description from the Author:
These Melodies were written over the span of a year on the train from Fontainbleau to Paris. I had a need for a book that would bridge the gap between my "Chanson pour les Jeunes Violonistes" book to the Vivaldi A minor concerto and the Kayser etudes book. I did not like the available possibilities so I decided to write my own.
I reviewed the Vivaldi op.3 no.6 A minor concerto and Kayser etudes with the following question in mind; what does a student need to be able to do mechanically to be successful in these works. For each area that I found I wrote a Melody that would lead to the acquisition of that skill. This generally took about a week and then I would test it on my older students at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel de Levallois Peret where I taught in Paris.
When I finished I had composed 16 Melodies. I now thought great but I did not really in-depth address shifting, either into other positions or the gesture itself. So I wrote the 8short shifts section of the book. Each short shift is to be played first in 1st position and then with the indicated fingerings. Inside you will find the specific reason for each of the Melodies with as well helpful hints as to how to use them. They follow the key order of A major / D major / G major / B flat major / E flat major. Dynamics are added progressively throughout the Melodies starting with very simple ones in Melodies I and II. I composed these Melodies and short shifts over twenty-five years ago and have been using them with much success ever since. Here's hoping that you find them as useful as I have.
About the Author:
William Fitzpatrick is an accomplished and well-known violinist and violin teacher.
He's a graduate of the Juilliard School, serves as the Henri Temianka Professor of Violin at the Hall-Musco Conservatory in Orange, CA, and sits on the boards of important arts organizations in Southern CA. He has taught violin masterclasses internationally, and his students have been accepted to some of the world's most prestigious music camps and institutions.
William has played and recorded alongside many well-known artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Elliot Fisk, and Emmanuel Ax. He has taken the stage as violin soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra and the Joffrey II Ballet; and under his baton, the Nashville Chamber and Symphony Orchestra, and the French L'Ensemble des Deux Mondes, have delivered highly-acclaimed performances.
William has published and produced numerous books and educational videos; and he is the founder of MusiShare Inc., and its Young Artists program, which provides educational and performance opportunities for some of the future's most promising musicians.
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