At about Book 4 level we start to work with a metronome.  At that time I’ll ask you to buy a BOSS Dr. Beat.     I have found good deals for these on e-bay. The DB-88 is more than adequate if you want a used model.  The newest model, DB-90, costs about $150.00.   This is a tool of paramount importance that we use for several octaves of intonation practice in addition to a metronome’s regular uses.   Mine has been ticking for about 15 years.

Another option is the Intelli brand imt-301 which one student of mine uses with success.

Portable CD Music and Voice Trainer

This a very exciting innovation.  It allows you to change the speed of a CD without changing pitch, a most helpful aid in slow practice.  It also allows you to change the key or pitch of a recording without changing the speed.  It has a number of other features.  It is available at for $150.00.  Look for Tascam  #CD-VT2.

Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin
Rachel Podger, violin

This recording has changed forever the way I hear, play, and teach this music. I am sorry that it can’t be my very first exposure to solo Bach; however, I can make it be for many of my young students.
I will always be grateful for this great gift to the world.