Finger Patterns in Violin Initial Learning

The Otakar Ševčík’s Semitones System


  • Carmela de Mattos Federal University of Goiás, Brazil
  • Eliane Leão Federal University of Goiás, Brazil



Ševčík and music education, initial learning on the violin, violin finger patterns


This article presents discussions about Otakar Ševčík's teaching procedures, a Czech violinist who broke with diatonic scales teaching tradition for violin initial learning with a totally different view, by publishing the Violin Method for Beginners op.6 in the late nineteenth century. Ševčík proposed the ‘Semitones System’ as a base of his teaching methodology instead of diatonic scales. Different qualitative results indicate the need and importance of in-depth studies regarding his pedagogical proposal for initial learning.


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Author Biography

Carmela de Mattos, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil

Violinista, aluna do curso de Mestrado em Música da Universidade Federal de Goiás, graduada em violino pela Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.



How to Cite

Mattos, Carmela de, and Eliane Leão. 2018. “Finger Patterns in Violin Initial Learning: The Otakar Ševčík’s Semitones System”. Per Musi, no. 38 (June).



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