Faculty Member Completes Violin Method Book

March 31st, 2015 in Event/News with NO COMMENTS

Faculty member Karl Ørvik has announced that his recently completed violin method book is now available.

Faculty Member Completes Violin Method Book 

Faculty member Karl Ørvik has announced that his recently completed violin method book is now available.  “New Scale Method” (NSM) is designed to help violinists and violists attain a thorough command of scales and arpeggios – one of the most important tools available to any musician.  For string players, scale practice provides an ideal context in which to train all aspects of both right and left hand technique, including essentials of tone production, intonation, rhythm and posture.  The more extensive one’s facility with scale and arpeggio exercises, the easier that all these skills can then be applied to repertoire.  The purpose of NSM is to enhance this facility among violinists and violists by widening the vocabulary of scalar exercises.  In addition to standard scales and exercises, NSM contains scales in modal, whole-tone, octatonic and pentatonic forms, as well as arpeggios of three-note diminished and augmented chords, and the full range of seventh chords.  The double-stops section includes two-octave scales in fourths, fifths and sevenths, each with a corresponding major or minor arpeggio.  Finally, the Rhythm and Bowing Tables offer a new perspective on traditional rhythm and bowing exercises.Karl started teaching at the Music Center through the School Outreach program in January of 2011, and then came on board as a violin/viola faculty in the fall of 2012.  Karl had the idea for a scale book back in the early 2000s and came out with a trial version in 2005. Since then, the book has gone through multiple evolutions.  His goal was to create a system of scale and arpeggio exercises that is both comprehensive and practical for students.  “I created this book basically because I have always had a certain fascination with scales.  On the one hand, even the more “complicated” scales are still relatively simple in relation to other aspects of music theory and composition.  But on the other hand, they are also the foundation of all the music we play, and so the more comfortable a musician is with a wide variety of scales, the more comfortable he/she will be with a wide variety of repertoire.”  “I tell my students that just like every physical shape is either some sort of line or curve, every note in music is part of either some sort of scale or arpeggio!”

New Scale Method for Violin by Karl Ørvik can be purchased HERE. 

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