Position and Shifting Studies

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This list of studies contains books of two kinds, either entirely devoted to shifting and playing in position or containing passages devoted to shifting and playing positions among other technical contents.

Otakar Ševčík (1852-1934)

  • Changes of Position and Preparatory Scale Studies, Op. 8 / Lagenwechsel und Tonleiter-Vorstudien, Op. 8 (1892–97) [Sheetmusic: Changes of Position and Preparatory Scale Studies, Op. 8 (Ševčík, Otakar)(editions)]

Hans Sitt (1850-1922)

  • 100 Etudes for the violin, Op.32 / 100 Etuden für die Violine, Op. 32 [Sheetmusic: 100 Studies for the Violin, Op. 32 (Sitt, Hans)(editions)]
    • Book 2, 20 Studies in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Positions
    • Book 3, 20 Studies in Changing Positions 1st to 5th
    • Book 4, 20 Studies in the 6th and 7th Positions and Changing Positions 1st to 7th

Charles Dancla (1817-1907)

  • École des 5 positions pour le Violon, Book 1, Op. 122, 20 études faciles pour violon [Sheetmusic: École des 5 positions pour le Violon, Book 1, Op. 122 (Dancla, Charles)(Editions Combre)]
  • École des 5 positions pour le Violon, Book 2, Op. 90, 10 études pour violon seul
  • École des 5 positions pour le Violon, Book 3, Op. 128, 16 études mélodiques for 2 violins [Sheetmusic: École des 5 positions pour le Violon, Book 3, Op. 128 (Dancla, Charles)(Editions Combre)]
  • L'Ecole du violon l'Ecole des cinq positions. 12 études pour Violon, 4e livre (1892), Op. 193

Enrico Polo (1868-1953)

  • 25 Progressive Studies up to Fifth Position for violin (1943)

Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998)

  • Position Etudes (1953) [Sheetmusic: Position Etudes (Suzuki, Shinichi)]

Sheila M. Nelson (1936-)

  • Moving Up. A first set of violin pieces in the second position (c. 1974)
  • Moving Up Again: a first set of violin pieces in the third position (c. 1987)

Neil Mackay

  • A Tuneful introduction to the Third Position for Violin (1960) [Sheetmusic: A Tuneful Introduction to the Third Position for Violin (Mackay, Neil)(Stainer & Bell)]
  • A Tuneful Introduction to the second Position for Violin (1963) [Sheetmusic: A Tuneful Introduction to the Second Position for Violin (Mackay, Neil)(Stainer & Bell)]
  • Position Changing for the Violin: exercises and melodies (1963) [Sheetmusic: Position Changing for the Violin (Mackay, Neil)(Oxford University Press)]

Evelyn B. Avsharian (1944-1984)

  • Fun With Positions: 2nd to 5th (1977)
  • Sliding Fingers: Beginning 3rd Position (1977)

Josephine Trott (1874-1950)

  • Studies in Shifting for the Violin (1908)

Harvey S. Whistler (1907-1976)

  • Introducing the positions for Violin, Vol. I [Sheetmusic: Introducing the Positions for Violin, Vol. I (Whistler, Harvey S.)]
  • Introducing the positions for Violin, Vol. II [Sheetmusic: Introducing the Positions for Violin, Vol. II (Whistler, Harvey S.)]

Kerstin Wartberg

  • Enjoying Violin Technique (2016)

Cassia Harvey

  • Serial Shifting for the Violin (2007) [Sheetmusic: Serial Shifting for the Violin (Harvey, Cassia)(C. Harvey Publications)]
  • Third Position for the Violin, Book One (2009) [Sheetmusic: Third Position for the Violin, Book One (Harvey, Cassia)(C. Harvey Publications)]
  • Third Position Study Book for the Violin (2013) [Sheetmusic: Third Position Study Book for the Violin (Harvey, Cassia)(C. Harvey Publications)]
  • Fourth Position for the Violin (2014) [Sheetmusic: Fourth Position for the Violin (Harvey, Cassia)(C. Harvey Publications)]
  • G Major Shifting for the Violin (2014) [Sheetmusic: G Major Shifting for the Violin (Harvey, Cassia)(C. Harvey Publications)]
  • Second Position for the Violin (2014) [Sheetmusic: Second Position for the Violin (Harvey, Cassia)(C. Harvey Publications)]
  • Shifting in Keys for Violin, Book One: Keys of C, G, D, F, and B (2014) [Sheetmusic: Shifting in Keys for Violin, Book One (Harvey, Cassia)(C. Harvey Publications)]

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