Information and advice on currently available method books and DVDs
There are a number of theremin method books available to buy or download for free. There are also two excellent theremin instructional DVDs available. In truth, none of these titles are a 'magic pill' to provide you with everything you need to know, rather each title here has something to offer, and any budding thereminist is advised to sample as many of these resources as they can, and then think carefully about which elements are the best to adopt.
Clara Rockmore Method
The most well known is Clara Rockmore's Method for Theremin, which is available for download from David Miller's excellent site in its original English Version, as well as in Spanish and Italian translations. Disappointingly, whilst this method contains sound advice and some excellent exercises, it doesn't cover a great deal of technique. However, its definitely worth a look.
Victor Estrada Method
Spanish thereminist Victor Estrada has put together a useful method, available from his website (see links). Its available for free download in English and Spanish.
The Art of Playing the Theremin
Carolina Eyck's The Art of Playing the Theremin is another useful guide, and weighing in at ninety pages, contains a plethora of useful exercises and pieces arranged for the theremin. Carolina's playing style is based on a basic eight hand positions, so that an entire octave range can be played from a 'closed' to an 'open' hand position. This method, though it seems to have brought Carolina success, is rather controversial and differs widely from the Rockmore or Kavina style of playing. However, even if you choose not to adopt Carolina's system, the book pays for itself in terms of the sheer number of exercises contained within it.
How To Play The Theremin With Peter Pringle
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