QUOTE(Alan aka sharkstooth @ Mar 6 2010, 11:33 PM)
I bought myself grade one scales book it was only £1 on amazon. When it arived and I opened it all I could do was laugh at the two pages it contained.
I have since copied the scales grade 1 through 5 from a book my teacher lent me.
There is a simple solution to this. Get the pen and paper out, or use your computer and draw the scales, photocopy them and hand the copies out to your students my teacher has done this many times for me. Perhaps even give your students a sheet of paper with just the staff lines on and get them to put the notes on. It can't do any harm.
I'm kind of with Alan on this one. I wound up getting the Royal College of Music scales book as it seemed to have all the scales I would ever need then was told to go and get the proper scales book and was mystified as to the advantage of this as the fingerings (if I recall correctly) although specified slightly differently in each one were both logical and in an exam (if I recall the regulations correctly) as long as there are logical fingerings then they won't knock any marks off as long as you play the scale correctly.
If I can bring a similar case in from the guitar world, a lot of classical guitarists swear by the "Segovia" scales which specify a definite fingering for all scales.
I've never understood this.
My reasoning goes thus.
I understand all the key signatures (the circle of fifths doesn't take that long to learn).
I understand the structure of a scale (major being tone, tone, semitone, tone, tone, tone, semitone, Minor etc.).
I understand that the strings of a violin are a fifth apart.
The above being a given, I should then (with practice) be able to play a scale in multiple ways. As an example, I might choose to play a two octave D major shifting up on the A string (violin here) and then back down on the E string, shifting up on the D string (if I'm feeling adventurous) and playing the majority in third position before coming down on E, A or D (if I feel that I'm the Violin master that day) or even playing the whole thing on the D string (one day.... One day....).
Add in that the slurs between the notes should be specifiable (I've heard of practicing one note to a bow, then two, then three, etc.).
All the above being true, all scales should be playable with any bowing as if you were coming across a scale passage in a piece of music (which may not use the ABRSM fingering or for which the ABRSM fingering may not be the best solution).
What need of a scale book?