Laoureux violin method
Last week I found this interesting violin method on imslp. It comes in 5 parts, but I could only find parts 1, 2 and 5. But that’s more than enough to get started. Now, I’ve seen a couple of violin methods for beginners and this one is very different from the others I’ve seen. I think I would have found it boring if I would have started with it from day 1. But now after knowing some basics already, the Laoureux violin method is really complementing very well what I’ve learned so far.
In the foreword of this book, there is a testimonial from Professor Cesar Thomson, saying: “Taken as a whole, this Method advances by very carefully considered gradations, and is, I think, the best adapted for its purpose of all the methods with which I am familiar, and calculated to do most excellent service in the cause of violin-teaching.”
I totally agree with this high recommendation. The other violin methods I’ve used so far start extremely easy but after 10 pages or less the pieces start getting much more difficult and there is not much explanation as to how to play the pieces. I am not criticizing these methods because I’ve learned a lot with them and they are fun. Also I think that when you have a teacher that’s fine because they will tell you the missing information.
For me after playing for a year, I notice that my left hand is doing well, but my right hand needs a lot of work. Luckily I have been doing lots of exercises for better bow control and straight bowing. But further than that, I just move my bow and don’t think much of using more bow or where my bow is supposed to be while playing a phrase. I mostly don’t have an idea of how to do that.
The Laoureux violin method starts with some great bowing exercises that help me use more bow. It’s like a workout for my bow arm. It feels great! I like it that the exercises come with a brief explanation of what the purpose is since I don’t have a teacher telling me these details. I love the Legato exercise on page 9 to do string crossings with wrist movement only.
Pages 10 to 18 are basically intonation exercises to get to know the intervals. I try to use whole bow in these exercises. The Review of the intervals on page 18 is great. I love how it sounds!!
Pages 19 to 21 has some legato exercises which at the same time are to help to improve bow distribution.
Now that’s how far I was able to advance in the book in one week. I just wanted to share this because I’m very happy with the results so far. And from what I’ve seen it will help me a lot in the next weeks/months. Other things that appear in the first two parts are:
- chromatic scales
- gran detache
- chords and double stops
- AND POSITIONS!!!
So I’m sure I will completely study these exercises and I hope to learn a lot from them.