© 2016 The Etude Project by Alexis Buffum website by Susan Michalski

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About The Etude Project

Scales and etudes are the foundations of violin practice, and listening to a high-quality recording makes it faster and easier to learn.  On this site, you can find all the major scales with several different note lengths and rhythms to play along with, listen to, and try to match. You can also find the complete Wohlfahrt Violin Studies book 1 recordings, with every bowing variation that is in the book.  This particular etude book is one of the most important to master!  The scale and etude tracks can be purchased with or without a metronome beat.  

 

We also put together tracks with interesting beats to practice with!  It provides the same benefit as a metronome, but it's a little more fun!  You can use these beats with either the scales or etudes, or any other music you are practicing! 

How to use the recordings 

 

1. Listen to the etude or scale before practicing in order to have a fresh idea of what the sound should be while practicing. It will be easier to catch mistakes when a correct version of the music has recently been heard.

 

2. Play along with the recording to listen for aspects of playing which may or may not match the recorded example. If keeping a steady tempo is something that needs to be worked on, use the recordings with the metronome beat added.

 

3. Use the beats to play along with. This can be used for motivation for younger students, but also fun for any age!  It  will also help develop correct rhythm and a steady tempo.  

 

Practicing with the scale and etude recordings will help a student improve:

 

1. Left arm techniques:  Intonation, vibrato, fluidity

 

2. Right arm techniques:  Tone, articulation, bowing techniques, fluidity

 

3. Rhythm and counting:  Steady tempo, correct holding of note values and rests

About the Recording violinist

Alexis Buffum lives in Austin, TX.  She has been performing and teaching here for over 12 years.  She received a B.A. in music from Florida State University and a M.M. in violin performance from the University of Texas at Austin.  Alexis is an accomplished Classical and non-Classical violinist, performing in performance halls and music venues around Austin and Texas, as well as working in the recording studio on films, documentaries, music projects, and albums.  While teaching her students these scales and etudes, Alexis found a lack of high-quality recordings available for students to purchase in order to help them work on them during the week, apart from their lessons.  Since learning music is like learning a language, their ability to continue hearing a model of what the music was supposed to sound like greatly improved and quickened their ability to learn it.