SOLOS FOR YOUNG VIOLISTS is a five volume series of music books with companion compact discs featuring 34 works for viola and piano. Many of the pieces in this collection have long been recognized as stepping stones to the major viola repertoire, while others are newly discovered, arranged and published for this series.
Compiled, edited and recorded by violist Barbara Barber, SOLOS FOR YOUNG VIOLISTS is a graded series of works ranging from elementary to advanced levels and represents an exciting variety of styles and techniques for violists. The collection has become a valuable resource for teachers and students of all ages. The piano track recorded on the second half of each CD gives the violist the opportunity to practice with accompaniments.
Title: Solos for Young Violists, By Barber, Barbara, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
Barbara Barber's new series introduces an intonation system that teaches string players the layout of the fingerboard using four basic color-coded patterns. String Class Fingerboard Geography can be used as a daily warm-up routine and complements perfectly any beginning string method. Violin, viola, cello, and bass are included in one simple book.
Violin and Viola Fingerboard Geography add eight additional color-coded patterns with workouts on all parts of the fingerboard. Barber concludes these books with dozens of short Preview Exercises for pieces in the Suzuki Violin or Viola School. However, they may complement any teaching approach.
This is an eight volume series (in production for several volumes) of music compilations with companion CD's. The series ranges from elementary to advanced levels and represents a truly exciting variety of genres and techniques. This collection offers cellists the opportunity to work in various positions, meters, keys and styles. Many of the works are recognized as stepping stones to the major repertoire, while others are newly published and original pieces.
Title: Solos for Young Cellists, Edited by Carey Cheney, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
Folk Strings is a collection of folk melodies from around the world arranged for strings. This collection includes melodies in a variety of moods and with rhythmic patterns which are representative of their country of origin. The arrangements in Folk Strings can be effective with players at a variety of levels. Less experienced players can play the melody line. In order to provide maximum flexibility, the collection is available in a number of instrumentations. The melody is passed around so that all members of the ensemble can have the opportunity to play the tune. Score and parts are marked with "Melody" and "Harmony" to help players bring out the melody at the appropriate moment.
Title: Folk Strings, Edited by Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
Magic Carpet: Concert Pieces for the Youngest Beginner
The pieces in Magic Carpet use the same rhythms as the Twinkle Variations in the Suzuki Violin School Volume 1. The first eight pieces in the book are played on open E (or open A), and have an optional melody part, which may be played by teachers or more advanced students. Magic Carpet also includes five pieces which are designed to develop string crossings and finger placement. On the CD each piece is recorded at two speeds. The piano accompaniments and CD accompaniments are exciting and fun to play along with.
Title: Magic Carpet: Concert Pieces for the Youngest Beginner, By Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
"Playing With Style" is a set of colorful concert pieces in a variety of styles, including tango, ragtime, and jazz. The pieces use effects such as glissando and tremolo and allow opportunities to explore chromaticisms, swing rhythms, and syncopation. In the string parts, the melody is passed around so that all members of the ensemble can have the opportunity to play the tune. Fingerings have been kept to a minimum and are normally included only for clarification of chromatic passages or where notes go out of first position.
Title: Playing with Style: Duets, By Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
This exciting new series presents sequential unison repertoire for string instruments of the orchestra and is intended for use in beginning string classes, group ensembles, and private lesson settings. Harmony parts and bass lines complete the arrangements and are composed so that any mixed string ensemble can perform the pieces. Each instrument book comes with a CD that includes solo performances, string ensemble performances, and piano accompaniment tracks of the featured repertoire.
This is an original collection of multi-level pieces with flexible scoring that can be played by any combination of violin, viola, and cello. Each trio has two easy parts and one part for a teacher or advanced student. The optional piano accompaniments provide additional musical color to the ensemble.
Title: Trio Tapestry, By Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.