Recently got this book and I must say it's amazing how quickly it teaches where the notes are on the fingering board and you memorize their location without straining to remember them. The repetition of the exercises automatically makes you learn with ease. The websites and videos related to this book and the writer/teacher are also extremely helpful and informative.
|Mom of a 7 year old|
The workbook was extremely user friendly for a seven year old and her non-violin playing mom. In the beginning of the workbook Annie was always referring to the reference sheet to complete workbook tasks and as she moved along needed it less. By the last several chapters she had comitted to memory the placement of notes and their finger positions. It was an excellent tool to learn and understand placement, fingering and relationships between notes.
Wow I am blown away.
First of all, they are SO PROFESSIONAL and nice....you did not go half-way here!
Second of all, they are easy to understand and thorough.
And last of all, I will be happy to recommend these books to all of my students.
Lora Staples - Red Desert Violin
I cannot tell you how many times I have grabbed one of your books, whipped it open to the appropriate page, and watched as my student put it all together in an instant by using your fingerboard charts. Just amazing!
Paula Bird Texas State University
|Adult Violin Student|
I've done the third position book for violin and just started the first position for viola. This is what the workbook does... There are notes on the staff. Some times 2 sometimes more. you figure out the key- I always write the major and minor equivalent. Then you write down the note names. Each chapter has a particular interval as it's focus. I'm currently on Thirds. At the beginning of the chapter it explains what major and minor intervals are ie. major 3rd and minor 3rd or whatever applies to the chapter you are on. When you map the notes on the fingerboard, you can visually see the interval. A pattern usually develops making it easier to figure out if its major or minor. While you do the mapping, you play it on your actual instrument to see how it feels and get a feeling for how the interval sounds. - listen to the spacing per se.
|About Live Streaming|
I've been playing for 6 months now and the session really opened my eyes as to how to uncomplicate how I think about finger positioning. The simple flashcard exercise also really showed me I need to put more work into note identification (at 150 bpm :-)) and how the time spent translates into more than just "knowing the notes". I ordered the first position workbook. I think this is just the thing I've been looking for to help me.
|Mom of 3 - all violin students.|
"Can't imagine another way the kids would really learn to read music and the violin as well as your workbook series - even at 6 years old!"
|Case Study - Ear Training & Muscle Memory|
Denise had been practicing Sevcik shifting etudes. She struggled with the etudes and couldn’t make sense of them. She was frustrated and felt like finding the notes may as well be like finding a needle in a haystack. After her work with just one fingerboard workbook her shifting dramatically improved. Although the workbooks don’t train shifting – they have everything to do with studying the building blocks shifts rely on. After studying the intervals by sound and feel, Denise had a framework to re-approach the Sevcik etudes. She found herself able to look at the Sevcik etude and figure out how it was supposed to sound before she played it. She also had newfound insight as to how to organize the feel of the distances between her fingers. Denise loved having a strategy to approach her shifting practice. Her accuracy with intonation improved and her confidence blossomed.
|Interview - 8/6/11|
I think you have really nailed it with your books. It is such a common sense approach that speaks to multiple learning styles. Good job, my dear!
Leslie Knight, Violist - Dove String Quartet
As far as information on those extreme positions , Diane Allen's fingerboard workbook series is the best source I've seen.
Beth Blackerby - violinlab.com
|Case Study - Fingerboard Visualization|
Liz had studied violin in grade school and years later as an adult decided to study violin again. Her left hand posture looked fine but her fingers were jumpy and tentative which also affected her intonation. She was studying a piece by Bach that had note distances larger than an octave with string crossings that skipped over one string. This demanding part of the music was in third position and her jumpy fingers were hopping! When she started working with The Fingerboard Workbook for the Third Position Map the Violin for Good , she was completely taken with the process of placing the notes on the fingerboard. She was so excited about the visual maps that she took all the key signatures up to 4 sharps and 4 flats and made a map for each. She then did the same process covering 1st – 5th positions. Being able to see where the notes are placed was the key for Liz. The jumpiness in her fingers disappeared as she referred to her visual maps while practicing. Her intonation improved dramatically and with her fingers feeling grounded she was then able to develop a lovely vibrato. She felt more confident and less embarrassed about her violin playing and went on to win an audition for the local community orchestra!
|About Live Streaming|
I would like to really thank you for all the information that you provided at the video session on Sunday. For me it was a great opportunity to learn from an experienced and caring teacher such as yourself. Also, your positive attitude and willingness to share just gives me tremendous hope!
|Adult Violin Student|
I haven't found anything as clear as Diane's website.
"I love all your teaching resources. I don't konw what I'd do without them!"