Series Contents BOOK ONE - introduces Finger Pattern No 1, including all four fingers, elementary one-octave major scales & arpeggios with rhythmic variations, detached bowing, slurring and crossing strings. There are many original violin duets throughout. Some of these are published separately with piano accompaniments by Sally Mays (see below). (This covers the requirements for the Preparatory or Initial Grade Exam*.)
BOOK TWO - introduces Finger Patterns No 2, No 3 & No 4 together with portato bowing, linked dotted bowing, extended scales, chromatics, minor scales, scales in broken thirds, elementary finger exercises, double stops and the general development of sound bowing. There are many original violin duets throughout. Some are published separately with piano accompaniments by Sally Mays (see below).
(This covers the requirements for Grade One and Two*.)
BOOK THREE - introduces third position and second position, further development of scales & arpeggios and chromatics together with martelato bowing and re-taking the bow.
Again there are many duets for two violins. (This covers the requirements for Grades Three & Four*.)
BOOK FOUR - introduces fourth, fifth and sixth positions, the development of the bowing technique including string crossing, staccato, spiccato and the development of the fingers on the bow together with further chromatics, left hand stretches and general facility.
(This covers the requirements for grades Five, Six & and much of Grade Seven*.)
BOOK FIVE - is a collection of 30 essential studies selected and edited by Robert Trory that introduces playing in higher positions, tone production, more advanced string crossing, ricochet bowing, up bow staccato, and develops general facility.
(This book completes the requirements for Grade Seven* and covers the requirements for Grade Eight*. It then leads on to the further study of the standard works of Kreutzer, Rode, Dont, Gaviniès and Alard amongst others, and to the contemporary work of Simon Fischer)
* The Grade exams referred to are the practical examinations conducted in the UK, and in many other parts of the world, by the examining bodies of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and the joint Trinity College and Guildhall School of Music known as 'Trinity Guildhall'.