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Before you begin, a few words of explanation . . . While every effort has been made to make this graphic reference work authoritative, it must be noted that there is no single, one and only, and exclusively "correct" way to finger a scale. Different scale passages in different repertory may call for different approaches. Different scales may be, and in fact, must be, played in different positions, different finger patterns from time to time. On an even more individual level, one player's high "3" may be another player's low "4." G major is a good example. Some violinists ascend on open strings D, A and E, and descend using "4" for those notes. This is the most common teaching. Nevertheless, other players go up and down with "4." Still others go up and down with open strings. You see what we mean, of course . . . These elementary level Violin Scale Charts™ open the door to various positions and finger patterns. By all means, experiment. Should your teacher differ with anything presented here, please follow his/her approach. What's the position of your editors, you say? As you play through the book, you'll notice your editor has stressed the use of "4" versus open strings in order to develop your facility and confidence in this often called for, and sometimes insecure finger. Indeed, one of the greatest benefits of using Violin Scale Charts™, especially at the elementary level, will be to build a strong and secure "4" finger, a more beautiful tone, and stronger and more confident expression. After all, as a musician who happens to play the violin, expression is what you are all about anyway, isn't it? Have fun with these charts. They will make you a more expressive, more confident musician. Sincerely, John A. Sarkett, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://homepage.interaccess.com/~jas/violin_scale_charts.html
Editorial Review Committee
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Dr. Milton Goldberg, Distinguished Suzuki Educator, Winnetka, IL, USA Violin: D.M.A., M.M., B.M., Northwestern U., student of Henry Sopkin, Angel Reyes and Samuel Thaviu; member, board of directors and formerly treasurer, Suzuki Association of the Americas; violin editor, S. A. A. Journal; faculty member, American Suzuki Institute at Stevens Point (holder of Suzuki Chair, 1979); Winnetka "Educator of the Year" 1980; coordinator of instrumental instruction (1945-1978) in Winnetka public schools where he pioneered the introduction of the Suzuki method (1964); former concertmaster, Highland Park (IL) Strings; registered teachertrainer, Suzuki Violin Pedagogy. Faculty member of the Music Center of the North Shore. Christopher Hoff, Violinist and Attorney-at-Law, Germantown, MD Student of Russian violin pedagogue and JCC Symphony Concertmaster Yakov Shapiro. Kathleen Paramore, Washburne Junior High School, Winnetka, IL, USA Violin: B.M., Northwestern U., student of Betty Haag, John Kendall and Stan Nosal; member of SAA, MENC, IGSMA; director of strings, Winnetka Public Schools; former instructor for the Waukegan, IL Public Schools; former instructor for the Lake Forest (IL) Symphony Music Institute; former instructor at Haag/Leviton Academy for the Performing Arts. Klaus Pfefferkorn, Conductor, Bludenz Youth Orchestra, Bludenz, Austria Violin teaching diploma at the Academia "Mozarteum" in Salzburg, Austria by Professor B. Steinschaden. Member of the Sinfonic Orchestra of Vorarlberg. Mr. Pfefferkorn teaches violin and orchestra in Bludenz/Austria and Vaduz/Liechtenstein.
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They will make you a more expressive. and thinking that the worst case scenario would be that my daughter would have a full.G.G .com/~jas/violin_scale_charts." G major is a good example. I titled these. After all. assigned scales to my daughter. Some violinists ascend on open strings D. by German researcher Carl Wernicke. Therefore. Maryland. isn't it? Have fun with these charts. much like a chord chart common in the guitar world. he and his team conducted a series of subtle experiments to identify characteristics of the right and left brain hemispheres. On an even more individual level. holistic learning can be. I set about to develop a complete set of scales and arpeggios. simply enough. Susan Rozendaal. a more beautiful tone. which I did. one of the greatest benefits of using Violin Scale Charts™.’ So. If you can find them. then 9. it must be noted that there is no single. It’s this side of your brain that had historically been overlooked in the traditional academic presentation of lectures and reading.A Visual Learning Supplement: Violin Scale Charts by John A. visual chart of the notes. two fellow denizens of the Internet global village also made significant and creative suggestions of their own: Klaus Pfefferkorn. Sperry was working with patients affected by severe epileptic seizures. Bludenz Youth Orchestra. and each week I would draw up one new chart. I devised a simple. he identified the sides of the brain with the following functions: LEFT HEMISPHERE Verbal Parts RIGHT HEMISPHERE Spatial Patterns Violin Scale Charts™ Page 28 . The gaps are the thing. and exclusively "correct" way to finger a scale. When our Suzuki teacher happened upon my charts in the pile of Suzuki volumes. By all means. employing left brain and linear thinking. hair tousled. Subsequently. Sarkett Eyes are vocal. the Far East. . ‘4’ finger were noticeably enhanced. of great value. Indeed.more than a maple -. Response has been gratifying: “My violin teacher and I have concluded this is a very good work. To ignore its role in any subject is to fail to train students in its use and to deny to those who are primarily visual processors the opportunity to learn in the mode which comes most easily for them. Developing the inner eye It was in 1865 that Paul Broca reported that injuries to the left side of the brain almost invariably produced speech disorders while injuries to the same area of the right hemisphere did not. please follow his/her approach. Violin Scale Charts™ presents the scale and arpeggio information as a simple (right brain) picture. you say? As you play through the book. Different scale passages in different repertory may call for different approaches. Supplementary scales Expanding on our regular Suzuki regimen. in 1874. Conductor. Shar Products. I learned as a Suzuki parent. a map of where to put your fingers. The gaps are the spirit’s one home. finished set. as a musician who happens to play the violin. remote islands of Hawaii!. and Europe. experiment. A and E. This is the most common teaching. Shunryu Suzuki Think of Beethoven. My initial effort was edited by teachers at the Music Center of the North Shore. As Linda Verlee Williams notes in her book Teaching for the Two-Sided Mind.html The Charts are now used by players in North and South America. played in different positions. Milton Goldberg and Kathleen Paramore. though I didn’t realize it per se when I was drawing up these charts. the icy narrowing fiords splitting the cliffs of mystery. will be to build a strong and secure "4" finger. especially at the elementary level. expression is what you are all about anyway. I began the Violin Scale Charts™ with the following preface: While every effort has been made to make this graphic reference work authoritative. and Washburne Middle School. Germantown. and in fact. His report was confirmed. turn. I learned there was no one way to present scale and arpeggio information. Nevertheless. you'll notice your editor has stressed the use of "4" Hands across the water Subsequently. the altitudes and latitudes so dazzlingly spare and clean that the spirit can discover itself like a once-blind man unbound. Her tone.a universe. Preparing the charts was a formidable task." Still others go up and down with open strings. including Enid Cleary. our teacher. and descend using "4" for those notes. must be. Annie Dillard In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. reaching out to string players around the globe. A number of researchers followed in their footsteps.Eb-------? Or do you see that face: eyes piercing. . Schradieck. the Violin Scale Charts™ worldwide web site debuted in 1995: http://homepage. Applebaum. at our weekly lesson. Brazil. there is a good bit of educational psychology behind it. ‘Violin Scale Charts. Trott. Australia.interaccess. Each week she would be assigned a new scale. The large catalog company. she said ‘What a great idea! You must publish these!’ Flattered. or aurally. To aid her learning. different finger patterns from time to time. Squeak into a gap in the soil. I used the Hypercard program for the Macintosh . and unlock -. you activate your ‘right brain’. major and minor keys. These elementary level Violin Scale Charts™ open the door to various positions and finger patterns.” “Any subject” can even include the ‘sound’ and serial note world of music. Different scales may be. mouth scowling? Either way. Illinois. expressed interest in carrying the project if I would develop mailers. Crashaw ™ versus open strings in order to develop your facility and confidence in this often called for. Briefly summarizing this complex work. they shift and vanish too. but the next major ground-breaking study came in the early 1960s when Cal Tech’s Roger Sperry performed a series of operations which made it possible to study the two brain hemispheres in isolation from each other. What is it about this presentation of scales and arpeggios that makes it effective and helpful? Actually. “Visual thinking [should not be only] associated with the visual arts and relegated to a single area in the curriculum. Sharika. (left brain). processing. tears have tongues. both of Winnetka. one player's high "3" may be another player's low "4. A mailing to Suzuki trainers and teachers yielded positive results. Auer. but today many modern educators realize just how productive right-brain. Bludenz. Austria and Christopher Hoff. they are the fissures between mountains and cells the wind lances through. Do you hear G . confidence and specifically. The gaps are the clefts in the rock where you cower to see the back parts of God. visual. more confident musician. but in the expert’s mind there are few. They take steps to incorporate it into the learning experience. and stronger and more confident expression. the power of right brain learning. Finally. And there are words not made with lungs. other players go up and down with "4. Next step was to make the Charts available to the larger violin world. You see what we mean. one and only. Stalk the gaps. and Wohlfahrt. Dofflein. Sharika used these charts regularly. it [should be considered] a part of every subject because it is a basic way of obtaining. What's the position of your editors. Sperry believed that by cutting the thick bundle of nerve fibers (200 million !) connecting the two brain hemispheres he could prevent the seizure from spreading from one hemisphere to the other. especially to beginners. Go up into the gaps.a graphics and text processing program. and sometimes insecure finger. Florianopolis. Violinist and Attorney-at-Law. Should your teacher differ with anything presented here. Just as there is no one way to process information. instead of presenting the information serially. as traditional notes on a scale. on tape. His work received the Nobel Prize in 1981. and representing information. as pure sound to imitate. two octaves.” Ivo Barbi. of course .
artwork. mature learners -. Finally. inspiration.com/~jas/violin_scale_charts. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------John A. metaphor and self-expression.well. Not just for kids Interestingly. . graphs.” In a second letter he reports: “I am squeaking along. However. extensive changes have been made to incorporate visual learning into our school systems. of course. possibly superior in their ability to make a lasting impact on the mind’s eye. The importance of the right hemisphere.S. It takes advantage of everyone’s ability to learn through seeing pictures. Visualizing helps with a wide variety of tasks that go beyond scales and arpeggios. the adult beginner and the Suzuki parent. “Great teaching tool. Students today.NEEDS TO HEAR IT TO KNOW IT • DIFFICULTY FOLLOWING WRITTEN DIRECTIONS • DIFFICULTY WITH READING • PROBLEMS WITH WRITING • INABILITY TO READ BODY LANGUAGE AND FACIAL EXPRESSIONS AUDITORY • USE OF TAPES FOR READING AND FOR CLASS AND LECTURE NOTES • LEARNING BY INTERVIEWING OR BY PARTICIPATING IN DISCUSSIONS • HAVING TEST QUESTIONS OR DIRECTIONS READ ALOUD OR PUT ON TAPE KINESTHETIC OR HAPTIC • PREFERS HANDS-ON LEARNING • CAN ASSEMBLE PARTS WITHOUT READING DIRECTIONS • DIFFICULTY SITTING STILL • LEARNS BETTER WHEN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS INVOLVED • MAY BE VERY WELL-COORDINATED AND HAVE EXCELLENT ATHLETIC ABILITY KINESTHETIC OR HAPTIC • EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING (MAKING MODELS. and solving problems with spatial relations. DOING LAB WORK.com or via the Violin Scale Charts™ website at: http://homepage. and in the last 30 years or so. ETC. and include remembering information. DRAMA. . effectively introduces positions I-IV. spelling. They are hungry for tools to realize the sounds that are bursting forth in their inner ears.adult beginners -. Students must learn to see. Technical research for this feature was provided by educational psychologist Karen Kurtzon. adults. they need to learn to represent information graphically. New York. As author Williams notes. can be better represented in a picture than via a verbal description. the Uncarved Block to hold. “What a great idea!” says Dr. i. videos. nevertheless. West Nyack. GYMNASTICS. IL. Next. though Violin Scale Charts™ was developed for a young Suzuki student. Violin Teacher. I am finding the task of learning of much pleasure even if I often cannot make it sound right. Film and video are considered teaching tools no less than books and monographs. not a chance of duplication. supplement book-lecture learning with the production of charts. Thank you very much!” says Ann Grier Carmen. Kind of like a driveway-hoop basketball player watching Michael Jordan. all my students use Violin Scale Charts . Perlman’s bowing techniques. Summarizing. The other beneficiaries are traditional Suzuki parents. it all begins with seeing. Violin Teacher. Anyone can read a map.. and they can easily enough repeat it on the violin themselves. As Lao-Tzu advised so long ago in the Tao Te Ching: SIDEBAR: LEARNING STYLES: VISUAL • NEEDS TO SEE IT TO KNOW IT • STRONG SENSE OF COLOR • LIKELY ARTISTIC ABILITY • DIFFICULTY WITH SPOKEN DIRECTIONS • OVERREACTION TO SOUNDS • TROUBLE FOLLOWING LECTURES • MISINTERPRETATION OF WORDS LEARNING TIPS VISUAL • USE OF GRAPHICS TO REINFORCE LEARNING: FILMS. ILLUSTRATIONS. Wheaton Suzuki Institute. including old-fashioned. anyone can understand a picture. Give them selflessness and fewness of desires. and then only with a ticket to get in. The implications for education cannot be overstated. DIAGRAMS • COLOR CODING TO ORGANIZE NOTES AND POSSESSIONS • WRITTEN DIRECTIONS • USE OF FLOW CHARTS AND DIAGRAMS FOR NOTETAKING • VISUAL SPELLING OF WORDS OR FACTS TO BE MEMORIZED AUDITORY • PREFERS TO GET INFORMATION BY LISTENING . and in some case. as a matter of course. Wheaton. They can see what is to be played. motivated and passionate musicians around. visual. SLIDES. Evanston. parents benefit. “Very helpful for all beginners. musical. individual variations. spatial mental processing was laid down. a path was cut through the mysterious forest of brain function. Violin Scale Charts™ Page 29 . or check to see if it is being played correctly by their young Suzuki musician. he presses on with a sense of irony. Violin Scale Charts™ presents another way to literally look at musical information.are some of the most interested. For many parents. From my experience in corresponding with and talking with adult string players around the globe. but pictures -. From this base. Sarkett may be reached at jas@interaccess. They may integrate and maximize the dual functions of the brain for maximum creativity and productivity. Finally. too . students must develop their inner eye. visual Simultaneous or holistic processing Relational. whether we are aware of it or not. I found that the video which accompanied a CD produced by Itzhak Perlman and which I acquired from PBS was quite helpful. visual thinking is so basic a part of our daily lives that we use it all the time. Ottawa. and opens the door to the larger world of fantasy. . less technical if it is presented in a picture. metaphor and self-expression in any mode. Ontario. and how to interpret what they see. ROLE PLAYING) • FREQUENT BREAKS IN STUDY PERIODS • TRACING LETTERS AND WORDS TO LEARN SPELLING AND REMEMBER FACTS • USE OF COMPUTER TO REINFORCE LEARNING THROUGH SENSE OF TOUCH • MEMORIZING OR DRILLING WHILE WALKING OR EXERCISING • EXPRESSING ABILITIES THROUGH DANCE. it seems. M. Some parents may lack music and music theory training. . such as the spatial relationships between notes in a scale or arpeggio. male-female variation). but also fun and enjoyment. variations for left-handed individuals.Language Serial processing Analytical Musical. it stimulates whole brain productivity. math. Canada. It is especially helpful for the predominately visual learner. While Suzuki has traditionally been a children’s program. are those of a master. the material is less forbidding. (e. they may gain facility with fantasy. just plain fun to watch. William Wood. Illinois. verbal. I believe it holds potential as an adult enrichment educational experience as well. and demonstrations.” Motivated by his vision. ### Give them Simplicity to look at. too!” says Laura Polick. constructional While subsequent research indicates a much greater complexity within the hemispheric model.interaccess. many of the users are adults. Notice the admiration and wannabe quality in this adult beginner from Indiana who wrote me: “Thank you for your assistance and your encouragement.g. It will be a long while before Carnegie Hall. aided by pictures. ability of the right hemisphere to process words. . they need to know what to look for.e. left-brain. Some information.html.
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