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 www.swstrings.com for $150.00. Look for Tascam #CD-VT2.
Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin
Rachel Podger, violin www.Amazon.com
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.