RESOURCES

This is the Teach Suzuki Violin Resource Page that you can always come back to for links and downloads. I’ll add to it as more resources become available. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience.

VIOLIN TECHNIQUE (FREE – PDF)

  • Intonation: Want to know about good intonation? Download this article I wrote as a guide to playing in tune (PDF).
  • Positions and shiftingHere’s the basic guide to shifting and positions for pre-Book IV players. (PDF)
  • G major for Book 1: A Guide to playing in G major key for Book 1. (PDF)
  • Violin fingerboard chart: This is a set of basic fingerboard charts useful for Books 1 and 2. (PDF)
  • Upbow Staccato Exercises: Upbow staccato exercises for Country Dance, based on Perpetual Motion. (PDF)

VIOLIN SCORES (FREE – PDF)

FREE SOFTWARE I USE AND RECOMMEND

  • Audacity: This free open source software is great for recording and editing sound.
  • Tempo Perfect: Free downloadable metronome that’s easy to use.
  • Music Theory Net: Ricci Adam’s Musictheory.net – some of the best free theory trainers on the internet.
  • Quicktime: Use this free media player from Apple to slow down recordings and practise at an easier tempo. At the end of this post, I show you how to use Quicktime. Mac users should try Quicktime 7, available from this page: https://support.apple.com/en_US/downloads/quicktime The page doesn’t say anything about using Quicktime 7 in order to get the audio controls. Once installed, the A/V Controls are found under Window in the Menu Bar (not on the player as in the Windows version.) Update 1 June 2016: it appears Quicktime 7 for Windows has some security vulnerabilities since the Windows version is no longer supported. I recommend that you uninstall this program. Quicktime 7.7.9 for Windows contains security updates and is available at this link: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL837?locale=en_US or at https://support.apple.com/en_US/downloads/quicktime 
  • Audacity can be used to slow down recordings, but is rather complex for this purpose. 

GAMES

Here’s some crosswords, kindly sent in by Matt Weber, parent of 2 Suzuki students:

Suzuki Violin Book 1 Crossword

Suzuki Violin Books 1-2 Crossword

Suzuki Violin Books 1-3 Crossword

Practice Ideas for Suzuki Students WikiBooks Collection of Games

RECOMMENDED RECORDINGS ON SALE

Suzuki Violin Vol 4

Suzuki Evergreens Volume 4I’ve used the Suzuki Evergreens recordings in the studio with students for several years, both for listening and playing along with. Why? Takako Nishizaki’s musicianship is superb, matched by great recording production. You can buy these recordings by clicking on the links. 

 Disclosure:  None of the links to the recordings are affiliate links, and I don’t earn any commissions or payments if you decide to make a purchase.  I recommend them because I know and use them myself and believe they are helpful and useful to you.    

Links to other Volumes by Nishizaki:

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 5
Volume 6
Volume 7
Piano Dominant Recordings

Vibrato

In the post on Corelli’s La Folia, I describe how Italian violin virtuoso Salvatore Accardo’s recording helped me improve my vibrato. That particular recording is harder to find now, but there are so many others that are just as good. I employed Anne-Sophie Mutter’s recording of Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata from her Carmen-Fantasie album in the studio for the same purpose. Her variation of vibrato speed, width and tension makes it particularly inspiring for advanced students.

Anne-Sophie also plays Sarasate’s  Zigeunerweisen on the album – and you can hear her breathe between the phrases. Even very young students are thrilled by Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy melodies. Click here for the iTunes link.

ASM Carmen Fantasy

The Suzuki Recordings

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Click on these iTunes links for Suzuki Volume 1William PreucilDavid Cerone and Takako Nishizaki

Minuet in G by Beethoven

I found a perfectly elegant performance of Beethoven’s Minuet in G from Volume 2, played by Arthur Grumiaux in his album, Favourite Violin Encores. Grumiaux had one of the best crescendos ever and I used his recording of this piece to show students how it should be done. The album is full of other great performances of showpieces and encores suitable for advanced students. Click here for the iTunes link.

Grumiaux-encores

Minuet by Boccherini

I’ve always felt that many of the Suzuki recordings of Boccherini’s Minuet and Trio were too fast and rather woolly. William Preucil’s version is more elegant, and at a better tempo. The one I use is by Andrzej Kowalski and Rudolf Lutz from Guild Music. Guild’s website is here.

Salut-d'Amour

Click on these iTunes links for Suzuki Volume 2: William Preucil and David Cerone

Humoresque by Dvorak

Stern-Humoresque

In the Suzuki recordings, David Cerone’s version captures the style of this Volume 3 piece best, although I enjoy William Preucil’s interpretation as well. The most inspiring version is Isaac Stern’s sumptuous performance with the orchestra. Of course he plays it in a different key and there are some other differences as well. Click here for the iTunes link.

Bach Gavotte

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The Gavotte by Bach in Volume 3 is from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major (Gavottes I and II). It is illuminating for students to listen to the original and to play along with it, trumpets and all. The version by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields is my recommended recording, available at the iTunes link here.

Click on these iTunes links for Suzuki Volume 3: William Preucil, David Cerone and Takako Nishizaki

Vivaldi A Minor Concerto

Takako Nishizaki’s excellent version is my first preference and I also occasionally use Koji Toyoda’s original recording. The versions with piano accompaniment are useful in some situations, yet I strongly recommend the recordings of the concerto with orchestra – for listening, teaching and study. Click here for the iTunes link.

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Bach Double Concerto

Since there are so many fine recordings of Bach’s Double Concerto, we’re really spoiled for choice. The one with Gidon Kremer and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields is a great model of clarity, tempo and musicality, but there are lots of others to choose from. Tempo is an important consideration, since many recordings are too quick for study purposes. The Suzuki recordings with piano accompaniment are good to study and play along with, but once again, it is much better to become familiar with the original – played with the orchestra. Click on the iTunes link for it here.

Bach-Double-Kremer

 

Click on these iTunes links for Suzuki Volume 4: Takako Nishizaki and William Preucil

ARTICLES 

Peter and the Suzuki Cure  The inspiring story of Peter, who would probably have been diagnosed today with ADHD.

The_Parent_Child_Relationship_by_Sharron_Beamer

OTHER FREE RESOURCES 

Concert Plan Checklist Planning a concert for your students? Download this free checklist to help you make sure it’s the success you planned. Go to my post on Planning a Solo Concert.

Fingerboard Key Ready Reckoner (Click on the image to show larger size.)

Fingerboard-key-ready-reckoner

LINKS TO USEFUL WEBSITE RESOURCES

Dolmetsch Online Dictionary of Musical Symbols When you really need to know what that musical symbol means, look in the Dolmetsch Dictionary. It’s got the lot. 

 

 

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