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Stradivari violin, Vol. 1




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  • Ensemble: Solo.
  • Genres: Educación musical: Repertorio de estudio instrumental; Métodos de instrumento.
  • Language of the comment: English
  • Product format: Partituras + CD / DVD
  • Difficulty level: Elementary
  • Period: 2nd half S. XX - XXI
  • Publishing house: Editorial Boileau
  • Collection: Stradivari
  • Illustrator: FORNER, Ester
  • No. of pages: 52+4
  • Measure: 31,00 x 23,00 cm
  • ISBN: 978-84-17199-05-0
  • ISMN: 979-0-3503-3966-0
  • Available in digital: No
  • Available for rent: No

STRADIVARI is a collection of books for string instruments. It was inspired by a personal challenge: I wanted my students to be more motivated but at the same time to give them a complete technical formation in their instruments. 

The three volumes begin with the elementary level. They are all organized according to the fingering charts used in English and American methods: beginning with 0-1-23-4 in the first volume; continuing in the second with 0-12-3-4 and 0-1-2-34; and in the third volume the student learns the chromatic scale in first position. In the third volume the third position is also studied. The fourth volume begins as a continuation of the first three volumes and continues a progressive transition from the Elementary Level to the Middle Level. Also the fourth volume presents new positions—2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. 

My intention was to introduce all of the difficulties in a gradual manner (rhythms, notes, dynamics, harmonics, double strings, position changes and three-note chords), while attempting to combine different tonalities, measures and alteration in such a manner that the techniques are thoroughly mastered. At the beginning of each volume there is a review of the scales and arpeggios most used with exercises using jumps of the bow and slurs. 

In my opinion, one of the most attractive features of the books is the variety of musical styles included. This both motivates the student and familiarizes them with different types of music. The accompaniments have been recorded on a CD that accompanies each of the books and they include modern styles and classical styles with varied instrumentations. These styles include jazz, tango, Celtic music, country, and there are also some pieces more "serious", such as the etudes (two in each book) and the Concertino (one in each book) which serve as a review of all the techniques studied. 

I recommend that the students listen to the recordings as a stimulus, but they should not begin interpretation until the notes themselves have been thoroughly mastered. This will help them avoid becoming nervous or frustrated. For those students who find the accompaniments onthe CD are at a tempo that is too fast, the book of piano accompaniments is available which is also very useful for playing auditions or concerts. 

In the recordings of the pieces in the first volumen and half of the second, the sound of the clap announces the measure before the violin entrance. By the time the student reaches the third volume they should already know how to count measures of rest. The violin part is recorded at a low volume so that it does not interfere with the sound of the student playing along with the CD. 

The color drawings in the first volumes (so well done by Ester Forné, who I am very grateful to for her assistance and professionalism) are a tremendous help, especially to the youngest students since they help stimulate their imagination. It is worthwhile for the teacher to comment about the drawings to the students, inventing a story or an anecdote about each one that goes along with the music. I also recommend the Labyrinth game which comes with the first volume, since it helps to define the different dynamics. In the third and fourth volumes I decided that, given the age of the students, the drawings were not necessary. 

Joan Alfaras

Fingering chart (0-1-2-34) 
Scales and arpeggios 
Open strings:

1. Coral sea 
2. The submarine 
3. Moonlight 
4. Milonga 
5. Mammoth steps 
6. Penguin pizzicato 
7. Musette 
8. The show begins 
9. Buddy’s blues 
10. Polka 

1st finger:
11. Ufos 
12. Alabama 
13. Tengo un tango 
14. The oklahoma locomotive 
15. Outer space mission 
16. Meteor shower 
17. The farwest 
18. Buffalo bill’s horse 
19. The labyrinth of babylon 
20. The treasure chamber 

2nd finger:
21. Iced coffee 
22. Surfin’ 
23. Galop 
24. The bonsai garden 
25. Night in new york 
26. Slow rag 
27. Detective marlow 
28. The vikings 
29. Thor, the thunder god 

3rd and 4th fingers:
30. Glenn’s trombone 
31. Polar star 
32. Study i 
33. The red planet 
34. The creatures of the volcanos 
35. The chameleon 
36. Rock me baby 
37. The royalmessenger 
38. The stairs of the dark tower 
39. A very small town 
40. Gypsies 
41. Rumba 
42. Study ii 
43. The pyramids of giza 
44. The pharaoh's cat
45. African rhythms 
46. Rodeo 
47. Hornpipe 
48. The greatwall of china 
49. Flash 
50-55 concertino no. 1 in a major 

Evolution of fingerings 
Technical chart