I'm looking for suggestions please for a violin method and other pieces/studies. I'm returning to play violin and wish to study, for now at least, without a teacher.
Some background: I'm 52 years old and had five years of lessons up until the age of 16. Quite a long time ago. I passed, by the skin of my teeth, the grade 7 Trinity College violin exam in my final year of study and played in several youth orchestras. I also passed grade 5 Trinity college theory exam and have a reasonable memory of theory.
This is actually my second return to the violin but a change of jobs distracted me from my studies. About six years ago I made some good progress working with Leopold Auer books and have books 2 to 5. Although I don't believe I made it to book 5, as I am and always was, very resistant to 2nd position (and 4th for that matter). It's something I need to work on. At present, my playing slipped a little, but I can sight read in 1st and 3rd position. My bowing is weak on extended slurred passages. While my tone is good, I believe, I've never been a particularly fast or nimble player. This is something I'd like to improve. When I studied violin as a child, my teacher used the Müller Rusch books. I don't remember liking them very much! Trinity College exam material was another focus.
I plan to continue with Auer, but I wonder if people here might have other suggestions for a violin method and other pieces and studies? I suppose I'm looking for something a bit inspiring beyond the Auer books. I'm looking for more variety. Please let me know if you have any recommendations!
Some other books/studies that I accumulated on my last attempt at study include: Robert Pracht "Neue Violin Etüden", De Bériot "Method for the Violin - Part 1", Kaufman "Warming up scales and arpeggios".
All the best,