Exercises and Scales for Violin Positions

Handbook for Violin Lessons

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This handbook combines all the most important technical aspects of learning violin positions, from second to seventh, as well as connecting them through position shifting.

Preparatory exercises

Before starting with the positions, several preparatory exercises can be found at the beginning of the handbook to help students gradually gain movement independence and familiarise themselves with new positions. These exercises are just examples and are certain to yield great results when combined with other individual exercises picked for a student.


Each chapter is focused on one position and it contains short exercises on each string to get to know the new fingering patterns.

Exercises for position shifting handle all six types of shifts which are:

through the open string

with the same finger

different fingers (from lower to higher and from higher to lower)



different fingers across different strings.

The exercises are fully written out for each finger, but only on one string. It is good to practice all exercises on the other three strings and the amount depends on the level of the student’s understanding of methodological elements of positions and position shifting,

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All the scales in the handbook are either one or two-octave scales. The handbook does not contain three-octave scales, but only recommendations for three-octave scales from already-known collections for advanced playing. Scales are first played without utilizing shifts to fully adapt the hand to the new position, and then with shifting in order to establish the connection between the positions.

Finger charts

At the end of the handbook, there is a sheet containing blank finger charts that you can copy and use for scales, etudes, and compositions utilizing new positions and keys. They aim to graphically explain finger patterns on each string and make learning easier.

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Priručnik za nastavu violine u osnovnoj glazbenoj školi Exercises and Scales for Violin Positions (Vježbe i ljestvice za pozicije na violini) autorice Ines Ane Tomić sažima sve najvažnije tehničke elemente učenja pozicija na violini, od druge do sedme, kao i njihovo povezivanje kroz promjene pozicija – sve na jednom mjestu, za svaku pojedinu poziciju:

pripremne vježbe

prstometne vježbe

ljestvice (kroz 1 i 2 oktave)

vježbe za svih 6 vrsta promjena

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Priručnik je namijenjen nastavnicima violine i učenicima violine osnovne glazbene škole (beginner&intermediate level), a omogućuje brzo, jednostavno i pravilno učenje pozicija.

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