Book 3: An easy-to-teach, straight forward string method. A unique letter-note style of music notation is used to ensure a smooth transition from rote to note reading. Students are quickly introduced to ensemble playing through a wide variety of fun-to-play melodies, keys and modes. Strictly Strings features a carefully prepared lesson sequence which develops all players' abilities equally.
Title: Strictly Strings: Book 3, By Dillon/Kjelland/O'Reilly, Published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
Music for a Found Harmonium for String Orchestra (Grade 2.5)
Written in 1984 by English
composer Simon Jeffes (1949-1997), Music for a Found Harmonium has been
described as "minimalist folk music," and has been recorded by groups
ranging from contemporary music ensembles to Irish folk bands. It has
been used in movies, and is widely recognized for its appearance in the
soundtrack to the popular Napoleon Dynamite. In this arrangement, the
quirky but energetic melody is introduced by the violas and celli, and
is later echoed and elaborated by the violins. Joyful rhythmic figures,
challenging accents, syncopations, and a driving bass line all punctuate
the accompaniment throughout the piece. Here's a chance for the
orchestra to explore a fascinating musical style while stretching their
technique in an exuberant work that is bound to bring the audience to
Title: Music for a Found Harmonium for String Orchestra (Grade 2.5), By Jeffes, Simon, Edited by Andrew Dabczynski, Published by Highland/Etling, Item number: 24979
Two Octave Scales and Bowings is a helpful and fresh look at scales and bowings for budding string players and is recommended by the ASTA Certificate Program for Strings. Included for each major and minor scale are: a two octave scale; a scale played on one string; arpeggios; a chromatic scale; and the scale in octaves, thirds and sixths. Bowings covered include détaché, legato, martelé, staccato, ricochet, collé, spiccato and sautillé.
Instructional Video or DVD. This series will take you from opening your case for the first time to playing a simple tune. You will learn important information on how to care for and maintain your instrument, how to properly hold your instrument and bow, your first steps to developing the rich, full tone you want. You will be exposed to some of the interesting history of the instrument and learn the basic finger patterns used when playing major scales. It's the perfect tape for the new beginner or as a refresher.
Title: Ultimate Beginner Series:Video or DVD, Published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.