Unlock your true potential by learning the secrets of intonation in a book by two prominent string teachers.

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How this book will help you...

Have you ever doubted your intonation? Have you experienced the need to place pitches differently from one piece to another, or even from one measure to another? If so, you are not alone. Trying to decipher intonation is often frustrating and undermines the confidence of some of the most accomplished and talented musicians.

ViolinMind is a pedagogical method book that has been written to help musicians understand HOW intonation works and, more importantly, WHY it works the way it does. It is an adaptation of the acclaimed book CelloMind.



The mystery of intonation is revealed in this book by defining the scientific principles behind it, and providing easy, intuitive examples of each concept. Understanding intonation theories will improve your ability to play in tune and guide you to cultivate and sharpen your skills.

Reviews from Leading Violinists

Ani Kavafian

Ani Kavafian

Soloist, Chamber Musician, and Professor

Huge congratulations to Hans Jensen and Grigory Kalinovsky for this most comprehensive resource book to learning about intonation!
It’s a step by step, exercise by exercise, scientifically proven guide to the secrets of what it means to play “in tune”.
What an invaluable guide this book is to performers and teachers! 

Judith Ingolfsson

Judith Ingolfsson

Professor, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University

ViolinMind is an indispensable resource on the inner workings of intonation. The book presents the reader with thorough background on the subject, clear explanations and step-by-step exercises, something I have not seen in the form of a technique book until now. Working through it with students is enlightening and fun, opening the door to exciting revelations and discussions.
Thank you!



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Hans Jørgen Jensen, Professor of Cello at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2010 Artist Teacher Award from the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA), the Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education, and the Danish Music Critics Award in Copenhagen, one of Denmark's most prestigious awards. Professor Jensen has performed and taught master classes across the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Israel, Japan, and South Korea. Many of his students are first prize winners in numerous national and international competitions, as well as members of major U.S. orchestras and leading music schools. Professor Jensen is also a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, Canada, the Young Artists Program at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada, and the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, New York. Jensen studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Denmark with cellist Asger Lund Christiansen, and at the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins.

Grigory Kalinovsky, Professor of Music (Violin) at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has performed at some of the world’s major venues, from all three stages of Carnegie Hall in New York to Musikhalle Grosser Saal in Hamburg. He has taught at many music festivals, including Zukerman’s Young Artists Program, Heifetz Institute, Bowdoin, Summit Music Festival, Pavel Vernikov’s “Il Violino Magico”, Manhattan in the Mountains, and IU Summer String Academy. In just the last few years, he has given over a hundred masterclasses at major conservatories across the US, Europe, Asia, and in Israel. His students have won top prizes at major international competitions, including Menuhin Young Violinists Competition and Tibor Varga Junior Violin Competition. Recordings include a critically acclaimed Centaur disk with pianist Tatiana Goncharova featuring Shostakovich’s Violin Sonata and Twenty-Four Preludes and a recent Naxos release of the complete Weinberg Sonatas for Violin and Piano. Mr. Kalinovsky started his violin studies with Tatiana Liberova in his native St. Petersburg, Russia, and graduated from Pinchas Zukerman’s Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Mr. Zukerman and Patinka Kopec, later serving on the school’s faculty until his move to Indiana in 2013.