In his book on left-hand violin technique, Maestro Ruggiero Ricci addresses common problems in shifting by advocating the study of the glissando technique. He asserts that re-incorporating this technique will not only aid violinists in developing a better-trained ear, but also provide them with "shortcuts" to playing some of Paganini's most difficult passages.
Ricci introduces and compares old and new systems of playing to provide a context for the glissando system. He outlines a series of glissando scales that provides the student with a blueprint for developing additional glissando scales in other keys. He offers exercises designed to increase flexibility, ear training, coordination, and crawling technique and has included a DVD in which he demonstrates various bowing techniques.
Ruggiero Ricci, in a career spanning more than 75 years, has played more concerts and produced more recordings than any violinist past or present. Ricci became the first violinist to record the complete Caprices of Nicolo Paganini in their unadulterated form in 1947. Gregory Zayia is an amateur violinist and longtime aficionado of the artistry of Ruggiero Ricci.
Preface 1. The Old and New Systems of Violin Playing 2. One-finger, or Glissando, Technique Introduction Glissando Scales Guidelines for Practicing Glissando Scales 3. Exercises, Etudes, and Cadenzas Glissando Scales Flexibility Studies Ear-training Studies Coordination Studies Crawling Studies Etude in Thirds Etude in Sixths Etude in Octaves Cantabile and Waltz Cadenza to Brahms Concerto Cadenza to Paganini Concerto No. 4 Cadenza to Paganini Concerto No. 6 4. Miscellaneous Aspects of Technique Fingering Guidelines Vibrato Tone Production Bowing Articulation and Evenness in Slurred Passages Grouping Tuning Ear Training Practicing Instrument Setup Hand Development Holding the Violin Hand Position Shoulder Rests Shifting Guidelines Notes Index