Cami Shaskin

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All About Tone
10 APR 2021


This blog is about all things violin. It is meant to educate, inspire, and provide resources for parents, teachers, and students. The author takes full responsibility for the viewpoints expressed here. In instances where she quotes ideas from others, she pledges to cite her sources as fully, responsibly, and accurately as possible. Topics will include book reviews, technique tips, entertaining anecdotes, quotes, jokes, educational findings, instrument care suggestions, violin in the news, repertoire lists, etc.

Cami J. Shaskin graduated with her master's degree in Music Education in 2008. Violin has always been her primary instrument, since beginning private lessons at age five. See for her music résumé, or click on Spotlights for historical recordings. Cami has enjoyed an array of experiences in writing, from penning award-winning articles as a journalism staff writer in high school, tutoring peers at BYU's Writing Center, earning a Writing Fellows scholarship and a minor in Language and Computers, and later becoming a published author. She recently picked up web programming as a hobby, earning a certificate in Web Programming and Development from the local community college. This blog has been a collaborative effort between her and her husband, who is a Web Developer by profession. Together, they designed and coded this blog and its original content "from scratch."


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A Solo Repertoire List
23 May 2021
Ever wondered where you fit in the violin hierarchy? There are easier and harder pieces out there, but this may prove to be one of many useful guides. These happen to all be personal favorites. I have played each one:

Short Violin Solos for the Advanced Player (very doable for players who have completed all the Suzuki books and mastered full-fledged solo concertos/sonatas, such as Mendelssohn or Beethoven):

Banjo and Fiddle (William Kroll)
Pavane for a Dead Princess (Ravel, transcribed by Kochanski)
Tambourin Chinois (Kreisler)
Zapateado (Sarasate)
March from "Love for Three Oranges" (Prokofiev)

Relatively Short Intermediate Violin Solos (these assume a basic knowledge of chords, fast finger motion and sustained bows, vibrato, and a comfortable grasp of 1st-4th positions):

Polish Dance (Severn)
Sicilienne (Paradis)
Meditation from "Thais" (Massanet)
Sicilienne and Rigadoun (Kreisler)
La Folia (Corelli, adapted from the original for Suzuki Method Vol. 6)
Schon Rosmarin (Kreisler)
The Orange Blossom Special (Rouse)
Stradivarius (Bestor)

Easy Violin Solos (for players with basic skills and good intonation in first position):

Ashokan Farewell (Ungar-Cerulli)
Devil's Dream (traditional fiddle tune)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)

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