Ricci on Glissando

Ricci on Glissando : The Shortcut to Violin Technique

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In his book on left-hand violin technique, Maestro Ruggiero Ricci addresses common problems in shifting by advocating the study of the glissando technique. He asserts that re-incorporating this technique will not only aid violinists in developing a better-trained ear, but also provide them with "shortcuts" to playing some of Paganini's most difficult passages.

Ricci introduces and compares old and new systems of playing to provide a context for the glissando system. He outlines a series of glissando scales that provides the student with a blueprint for developing additional glissando scales in other keys. He offers exercises designed to increase flexibility, ear training, coordination, and crawling technique and has included a DVD in which he demonstrates various bowing techniques.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 215.9 x 274.32 x 10.16mm | 408.23g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 12 b&w illus., 117 music exx.
  • 0253219337
  • 9780253219336
  • 403,111

Table of contents


1. The Old and New Systems of Violin Playing
2. One-finger, or Glissando, Technique
Glissando Scales
Guidelines for Practicing Glissando Scales
3. Exercises, Etudes, and Cadenzas
Glissando Scales
Flexibility Studies
Ear-training Studies
Coordination Studies
Crawling Studies
Etude in Thirds
Etude in Sixths
Etude in Octaves
Cantabile and Waltz
Cadenza to Brahms Concerto
Cadenza to Paganini Concerto No. 4
Cadenza to Paganini Concerto No. 6
4. Miscellaneous Aspects of Technique
Fingering Guidelines
Tone Production
Articulation and Evenness in Slurred Passages
Ear Training
Instrument Setup
Hand Development
Holding the Violin
Hand Position
Shoulder Rests

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Given that the legendary Ricci 'has played more concerts and made more recordings than any [other] violinist, past or present,' anything he has to say concerning violin playing should be of interest to every string player. May 2010 * American String Teacher *
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About Ruggiero Ricci

Ruggiero Ricci, in a career spanning more than 75 years, has played more concerts and produced more recordings than any violinist past or present. Ricci became the first violinist to record the complete Caprices of Nicolo Paganini in their unadulterated form in 1947.

Gregory Zayia is an amateur violinist and longtime aficionado of the artistry of Ruggiero Ricci.
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