Aerobics and Warm-Ups for Fiddlers and Violinsts Made Easy (Bill's Music Shelf Presents...)

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Aerobics &Warm-Ups for Fiddlers & Violinists is not for the sophisticated violinist with years of classical training. It has been created especially for the more casual player who is sincerely interested in getting maximum benefit from a minimum of effort. Aerobics &Warm-Ups for Fiddlers & Violinists helps to fill this need for technical studies applicable to both the worlds of classical violin and fiddling. I first tested these scales and exercises on myself for six months, faithfully using them for about 20 minutes as warm-ups to my daily practice. I was rewarded with a definite improvement in my technique. I was actually surprised to see my dexterity grow as I charted my metronomic progress on a calendar. I remember thinking, "I will never be able to play faster than this." But then a couple of weeks later I would indeed climb a notch higher! Through the years I have used these exercises in countless fiddle workshops and with private students. The letters of thanks and positive feedback from students who were thrilled with improved fiddle technique have brought me great satisfaction. I sincerely believe that these exercises, when faithfully practiced, will help violinists improve their playing skills. The exercises will help develop and strengthen muscles used for finger dexterity, clarity of notes, tone, bowing-arm control, intonation, double stops and a flexible bowing arm wrist. Companion free Audio Tracks available online.

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For over 20 years, Carol Ann Wheeler has been active as a violin soloist, orchestral player, and string teacher in public and private schools. Since 1974 she has produced five fiddle albums and has been a contest fiddle participant and judge, as well as a fiddle workshop teacher. She performed for ten years through Young Audiences of Oregon and Washington, and has traveled and performed in Japan, Canada, and Scotland, as well as in the U.S. Ms. Wheeler has helped perpetuate the fiddle tradition by teaching and performing before thousands. She and her students have won fiddle contests numerous times at the state, regional, and national levels. She taught her own two children to play fiddle at an early age. Both became champion fiddlers and between them they have filled their home with over 200 fiddle contest trophies. Ms. Wheeler is known for being an energetic and enthusiastic performer and for teaching not just notes, but technique and style as well. She is thrilled to be able to to reach out and perpetuate the art of old-time fiddling to an even larger scope of people with her books, CDs and videos through Mel Bay Publications.

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