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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Carl Fischer Music Dist (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825828228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825828225
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Hilary Hahn on December 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Many teachers say that the art of violin playing is the Bible on how to play violin. I have played violin for many years, and I find this book an invaluable tool. It contains so much detail that often it must be studied to understand all the minute details that Carl Flesch wishes to convey to the reader. If you are just a beginner, I would recommend a different book. The Art of Violin Playing uses somewhat technical descriptions on how to play, which are slightly confusing at times, but never impossible to grasp. I have found myself quoting this book when I teach my students. They will ask why I tell them to play a certain way, and I can show them what a master teacher says to do. I recommend this book very strongly.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By sonytoao on October 29, 2004
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This book is rich in detail about playing positions, tone reproduction, and practice techniques. But while there are some pictures showing posture, fingering, etc. in Appendix A, it would be difficult for a student who has never studied music theory or played the violin to truly grasp the concepts.

For intermediate or advanced students, however, this book will reinforce the instructions of teacher-led study and help the student enhance their playing skills.

If you are an adult just starting out with violin play, I suggest you instead pick up The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carley on December 3, 2005
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I have been a violinist for six years. I ordered this book because I wanted to have a fuller understanding about Carl Flesch's Scale System (which is explained in this book, using the key of C major for the example). After looking through the whole book, I consider it a terrific approach to violin playing in general. Mr. Flesch discusses things I had never thought about. His scale system, as discussed in this book, is very methodical, an example of his entire approach to the technical aspect of playing. I have learned so much just from reading this book, and always consult it when I get stuck. To gain a fuller mastery of the violin, you should consider buying this book.

[Obviously, you can't learn the violin from a book. But this can serve as a reference when your teacher doesn't return your call instantly! ;)]
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "wlgross" on August 26, 2003
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I limited myself to 4 stars because I'm not an expert on violin materials, but I loved this book. When I found this book I was looking for a well written, comprehensive book that covers all of the basic aspects of violin playing. This book does a wonderful job of it. A lot of nuanced aspects of playing are addressed and explained very well.
I hope there are more, possibly better books out there (as this book cannot cover everything there is to learn), but this is the best I've found so far.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Silver Pencil on July 19, 2012
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A classic of its time (1923) that, along with "A treatise on the fundamental principles of Violin Playing" by Leopold Mozart, "Violin Playing as I teach it" by Leopold Auer, and "Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching" by Ivan Galamian, has a prominent place in the libraries of violin teachers and performers worldwide. "The Art of Violin Playing, Book I" by Carl Flesch is a thought-provoking and thorough volume for aspiring and established professionals. The author's artistic approach to violin playing is the philosophical underpinning of the work, "artist" being a status that was then rising above the old view of the virtuoso as a performer of musical tricks. This is explored further in book II. Though it is typically couched in hard to parse, somewhat recondite language, "The Art of Violin Playing, Book I" offers illustrated and multifaceted solutions to most technical issues. The advanced student will find it helpful. If you are a beginner or a moderately advanced violin student, you will get a much better sense of what violin playing is about or what a violin can do with the more accessible and practical volume "The Green Violin: Theory, Ear Training, and Musicianship" by Taris. Just check that your teacher has Flesh, Auer, Mozart or Galamian on the shelves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tquarry on November 1, 2010
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What a fascinating reference! The translation has such vivid, strong language. It's exhaustive breadth is tempered by a conversational, sometimes playful tone, making it easy to read and understand.

If only a companion recording were available! Buy it. Underline it. Make comments in its margins.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Martin N. on September 7, 2007
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I have found that this is a good book, but it is difficult to have to view the images or drawings in the last pages every time the text mentioned it. My suggestion for the autor is to put the images where they are needed; i.e. in the same page as the text refering to them, or in the next page if not enought space are left to do so.

My rating is 3 and half stars.
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