Most compendiums of studies and exercises suffer the same fate as the infamous home-trainers: one sets out full of good intentions but after a few weeks of blood, sweat and tears they are left to gather dust in a corner. Why? Any athlete prefers a proper cross-country run to a stint on the treadmill. If there is variety and a chance to make decisions, all the senses become involved. May this set of studies be spared the fate of the exercise-machine; rather they should serve as the equivalent of a cross-country run with people feeling liberated, 'with-it' and keen to set and achieve their own targets. Exercises for the left hand · Waking up the fingers · Double stops in the neck positions · Double stops in thumb positions · Changes of position on the chromatic/diatonic scale · Changes of position in free fall on the chromatic/diatonic scale · Extensions on the chromatic/diatonic scale · Octaves on the chromatic/diatonic scale · Thirds and fourths · Natural harmonics · Artificial harmonics · Exercises for the right hand · on one string · on two strings · on three strings · on four strings