This method encourages creativity in the student by including variations to the tunes and illustrating how they can serve as a basis for improvisation. To assist in the development of ensemble skills, chords and lyrics, basic music theory, and demonstrations of such skills as backup and lead playing are included. A CD for listening and play-along captures the excitement of the music and aids instruction. This book is beneficial for both fiddle students and classical Suzuki violin students.
Title: The American Fiddle Method, By Wicklund, B. and Farr, F., Published by Mel Bay Publications
This easy Gypsy-style introduction takes you on a musical journey along the Romany Trail, assimilating the musical idioms of Eastern Europe and the Mideast. Here are the core nuggets of the flashy and exotic Gypsy style, distilled to their essence. Fun, easy Gypsy-style tunes; Authentic Gypsy violin techniques - scales, bowings, ornaments and more; Play-along CD with slow lead tracks and slow accompaniment tracks; Glossary of techniques and terms.
Title: Gypsy Violin Basics: A Beginner's Guide, By Harbar, Mary Ann, Published by Mel Bay Publications, Item number: 21351BCD
By Peter Cooper. This practical guide to the art of Irish fiddle playing presents 80 traditional tunes including reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, and more, all complete with bowing and chords. This course is not for the total beginner on violin. You need to be able to play at least simple pieces in first position. Music reading ability is also recommended.
Title: The Complete Irish Fiddle Player, Published by Mel Bay Publications
The Fiddle Club is an educational series of books and recording each featuring a unique collection of traditional and original folk tunes. It provides a valuable resource of fiddle tunes for anyone interested in this style of music. The authors, music instructors, included various markings (bar numbers, fingerings, and bowings) which are helpful in teaching, especially in group situations. Several of the tunes in this first collection include parts for two violins. The tunes in this book have been recorded by the Calgary Fiddlers and are available on CD. In the recording, the tunes have been grouped into medleys which follow the order of the book. For those individuals who would like to perform this material, a piano and guitar accompaniment edition is available for each collection.
Title: The Fiddle Club Book 1 (Barrage), Published by Mel Bay Publications
The Fiddle Series provides a valuable resource of fiddle tunes for anyone interested in this style of music. The authors, music instructors, include various makings (bar numbers, fingerings, and bowings) which are helpful in teaching, especially in group situations. Several of the tunes in this collection includes parts for two violins. The tunes in this book have been recorded by the Calgary Fiddlers and are available on CD. On the recording, the tunes have been grouped into medleys which follow the order of the book.
Title: The Fiddle Club Book 2 (Barrage), Published by Mel Bay Publications
Killer Technique: Upright Bass is designed to help open up your
technique. It encourages an approach that will make you think and work
hard in the practice room, but relax while performing. The content is
geared toward an improvisatory approach. The lessons included are
designed for pizzicato playing, but work just as well with arco. You
will find exercises that present challenges to each hand. Above all,
this book stresses that technique is a means to an end: creating
These violin solos on traditional hymn tunes were written to give the intermediate violinist new and appealing repertoire that will contribute to church services throughout the year. These hymns will add variety and life to worship celebrations. Twelve hymn tunes are included in medleys or solos arrangements. Piano accompaniment is included.
Title: Sacred Hymns for Violin, Published by Mel Bay Publications, Item number: 98088
Mel Bay's Mandolin Wall Chart contains notes of the fretboard as well as chords shown in fretboard diagrams, ranging from minor, 6, 7, minor 7, Major 7, augmented and diminished. Frets are labeled to the 18th fret. 35" x 24" durable coated paper.
This in-depth scale and arpeggio text is core curriculum at the
University of Southern California's Studio Guitar Department. Using a
comprehensive approach that includes three different organizational
systems, it covers the technical foundation that is necessary for
playing any style of music. The CAGED system (five positions), the
Finger Stretch system (all twelve keys in one position) and the
Three-Note Per String system (seven patterns) are examined. Although
each of these three systems is examined, the CAGED system serves as the
basis for much of the material covered in this book.I nstead of
traditional musical notation, the book uses fingerboard diagrams to
focus on the visual aspect of the patterns. The goal is to present an
approach to understanding and mastering the fingerboard by outlining the
best and most practical elements of these different systems.
presents patterns for the harmonic minor and melodic minor scales and
all of their relative modes: the bebop scale (major, minor and
dominant), chromatic scale, whole-tone scale, diminished scale
(whole/half and half/whole) and augmented scale. Along with these scale
forms, patterns for minor (major 7) and augmented (major 7) arpeggios