Violin Fingerboard Mastery

Contemporary Mapping Exercises and Improvisation Studies

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  • Format: Book with Online Audio
  • Pages: 64
  • Dimensions: 9x12
  • Audio Tracks: 33
  • ISBN: 9780876392157
  • SKU: 00369279
  • Publication Date: June 01, 2022

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Develop your violin fingerboard knowledge and facility. Whether you are looking to unlock your ability to improvise, deepen your knowledge of harmony, compose new works, improve your musical memory, or strengthen your interpretation of Bach, having an intimate relationship with your violin fingerboard is essential.

These exercises and etudes will help you develop a technical mastery that is grounded in an understanding of harmony and a facility with chord shapes on the fingerboard. They provide new avenues for violinists to deepen their relationship with their fingerboard and harmony, laying the foundation for improvisation within any musical style. Online audio tracks let you practice alongside other musicians, immediately applying these concepts and techniques to musical contexts.

These essential exercises, if done even fifteen minutes a day, will forever change the way you look at the fingerboard.

You will learn:

  • Fingering patterns
  • Practice approaches for improvisation
  • Fundamental chords and arpeggios
  • A ten-step guide to practicing progressions
  • Pentatonic scales and enclosure licks
  • Navigation and voice-leading techniques for an array of harmonic relationships, from the circle of fifths to symmetrical chord motion
  • Five performance-ready jazz violin etudes

“Having heard Jason Anick’s brilliant performances and wishing to understand his magic, I found Violin Fingerboard Mastery to be everything I had hoped for and more. This book changes the way

one hears music. It is insightful and clearly written. It maps harmony onto the violin fingerboard in an easy-to-understand approach. I can’t wait to spend more time with the exercises. I would recommend this book to every instrumentalist playing any genre of music.”

Gil Shaham, GRAMMY-Award Winning Violinist

“Jason Anick takes his vast knowledge of improvisation technique and distills it into a series of exercises that will work both the fingers and mind. For the classically-trained musician who is more accustomed to reading notes rather than improvising based on chords, Anick’s book offers the key to ‘mapping’ the fingerboard in terms of the chords and progressions that are so important to jazz and fiddle improvisation.”

Laurie Niles, Violinist, Educator, Editor of

“Jason does an incredible job laying out exercises in this book to help any violinist better understand harmony, chords, and arpeggio patterns on their instrument. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to study jazz, folk music, pop, or any style of music involving tonal improvisation.”

Christian Howes, Violinist, Educator, Founder of Creative Strings Academy


Jason Anick

Berklee College of Music Professor Jason Anick has earned a reputation among string players as an imaginative improviser, versatile composer,…