III - Basic Bowings
PREFACE TO THE YELLOW PAGES OF THE COLOURSTRINGS VIOLIN SCHOOL
The title Yellow Pages suggests the yellow telephone directories that list important services! In the same way, the Yellow Pages of the Colourstrings violin school offer specific pedagogical advice to violin teachers and their students. These volumes are designed to teach and develop the feeling of pulse, to assist in the mastering of all rhythms and their combinations, to explain the function of time signatures, to help build a basic knowledge of ornaments and to create a solid basis for virtuosic bow technique.
In order to achieve this, the Yellow Pages provide a large variety of pedagogical material on each subject, from which the teacher can select the most appropriate material to meet the needs of each individual student. All new concepts are introduced in first position, using only the most comfortable finger patterns. This simplicity of the left hand enables the child and the teacher to concentrate on the movements of the bow hand. The teacher is nevertheless invited to add more demanding fingerings to encourage position work if it is appropriate for the student.
The chapters in the Yellow Pages are designed in a similar way to those of Colourstrings Volumes E and F: Introduction, Etudes, Folk Music, Excerpts from the Literature, Chamber Music and Performance Pieces. Volumes E and F complement the Yellow Pages well, as they focus on the development of left hand technique, whereas the Yellow Pages focuses on the movements of the bow. It is therefore advisable for teachers to use the Yellow Pages at the same time as Volumes E and F. These books a re not only useful for those teachers and students who are working in line with the Colourstrings philosophy: Any string teacher will find the repertoire in these volumes valuable for developmental and remedial purposes.
The author believes that there will always be teachers who feel a deep passion for their profession and families that strive to raise and educate their children in the lasting values of classical music. These new volumes are dedicated to them.
Dr. Géza Szilvay
When there is a symbol of a piano next to a song, you will find the piano part available in the Yellow Pages Piano Accompaniment book.