Unlock your true potential by learning the secrets of intonation in a book by two prominent string teachers.
By Hans Jørgen Jensen and Grigory Kalinovsky
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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.
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BECOME A MASTER OF INTONATION
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
"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!"
Soloist, Chamber Musician, & Professor
"What a treasure of a book! A thorough look at intonation, hugely benefical for even those of us who think they play in tune! Jensen and Kalinovsky have succeeded in giving us a complete guide to "the Technique of Intonation". Lots of musical examples, exercises and technical charts will lead the reader/musician to the core of the mystery of intonation showing us the reason and principles behind them. Sensible, intelligent book, highly recommended!"
Violin Department, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
“To play in tune is so difficult, it is, let´s be honest about it, quite impossible. But what is our duty is to learn to play at least right-direction-out-of-tune!” I never forget this advice I got from Shmuel Ashkenasi being a young student. These words made me THINK!As teaching intonation today to my students, I always instruct them to search for the reasons behind: why a particular note would sound better a bit higher or a bit lower. This knowledge combined with a sensitive ear and wise practicing will together lead towards better intonation.This book “Violin Mind” is the best opus I have seen so far about this subject. With it´s clear explanations and many advice how to dive deep into this important knowledge of intonation, it is a real practical guide. I recommend this book to every violinist!"
Violin Faculty Sibelius Academy
"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!"
Professor, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
About the Authors
Professor of Cello, Northwestern University
Bienen School of Music
Professor of Music (Violin) at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music