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Kreutzer for Violin Mastery DVD

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I watched part of the Haslop DVD. The package contains 7 DVD (6 related to Kreutzer). In the DVD, he explains in great detailed steps how to play each etude. This is like a real-time teacher teaching you how to play. If you are starting to learn Kreutzer, Haslop DVD is very good and worth every penny. I strongly recommend it. Remember Clayton Haslop is a lot better performer than your average neighborhood violin teacher. For this reason I want to buy another his DVD on Kreisler and Bach because I want to play the tempo the way he did on Praeludium and Allegro. I listened to Cihat Askin CD, it's OK to me and didn't find any serious intonation problem. The Isralievith CD is pproduced in the studio (with undesirable re-verb.), it sounds good but is not reproduciable at the student's home. If you are learning with a teacher, listening to Cihat and Isralievith CD may help you.

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You can see Haslop's sample DVD at youtube and the other 2 CD sound clips from the supplier or dealer.

In Haslop's DVD, he explains in great detail how to execute the technique in each etude and actually demonstrates how to do it. He also tells you Milstein's teaching or playing philosophy. He plays each etude in slow tempo in the 2nd DVD sets and you can play along with him. The 3rd sets have 2 parts: 1. he plays in tempo; 2. accompany parts. So when you can play in tempo, turn on the accompany part. If you have any question, just send him email. I've received quite a few good tips from him by emails.

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Dear guys,

For those who understand Chinese, I wholeheartedly recommend the various VCDs published by the Beijing Central Conservatory. For US$13, you can have detailed instructions on the Kreutzer given by Dr. Lin (the Chinese Galamian) of the Conservatory with demonstration by his students in a 5-VCD-set. For another few more dollars, you can get similar sets of VCDs on Kayser, Paganini's Caprices and Dont's. See the following links:

http://big5.cnave.com:8080/productdetail.php?pid=85908

http://big5.cnave.com:8080/productdetail.php?pid=93533

http://big5.cnave.com:8080/productdetail.php?pid=85913

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Why there is no book store in USA selling these CVD or DVD? This (Instruction DVD) is like "gold".

PS. I don't know any of these DVD nor I have seen any of them. Generally speakng, I like

instruction DVD if it has quality.

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warren, the above links do not work. How about you import the VCD; many people here in N. America would be happy to pay double the price for the VCD. miles, yuen and myself would want a set. Iam currently re-doing the entire 42 Kreutzer etudes. To memorize the 42 etudes requires many many giga GB of grey matter cells. Therefore, playing the etudes is not only an exercise for the fingers and the bow arm, also an exercise for the brain as well.

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Dear David,

I don't know what's wrong with the original links. They worked last night. Try these:

http://www.cnave.com/productdetail.php?pid=93533

http://www.cnave.com/productdetail.php?pid=85908

http://www.cnave.com/productdetail.php?pid=85913

I have purchased from cnave.com before. They are quite reliable and efficient. As they are willing to ship to Hong Kong (which for one reason or another is considered foreign), I guess they will ship to overseas addresses.

Warren

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I've seen many free violin etude videos, including those by the "Chinese Galamian" Prof. Lin, on a Chinese violin discussion board (with general disregard for copyright they are quite easy to find )

For me, the Chinese videos are not bad but not terrific either. One time I bought the Kreutzer videos taught by a famous Shanghai prof and it turned out to be mostly demonstrations (perfectly in tune but boring ones) with little explanations. Prof. Lin from Beijing talks a lot more in his video, but he likes to use vague words (he even makes up rhymes about violin techniques!). An example off the top of my head would be something like "the core principles here are synchronization (left and right hand), smoothness (shifting), softness, precision, closeness (between successive notes)"... I mean they are useful the first time you hear them, but after a certain point they don't really help any more.

There is no doubt Prof. Lin's students are superb (given they are the creme de la creme in China). But the quality of his teaching videos is still behind, say, those on violinmasterclass.com by Prof. S., whose tips are a bit more concrete.

Stewart

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