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.
The practice of scales need never be monotonous. This volume is "user-friendly" with each of the twelve keys complete on two facing pages. Dozens of bowings and rhythmic variants are offered to develop and improve evenness, clarity, agility, speed and intonation. An innovation introduction to double-stops takes the guess-work out of this important technique. The Circle of 5ths explains key signatures. The book includes three octave major, melodic minor, harmonic minor, arpeggios, broken 3rds and chromatic scales. Double-stops in octaves, thirds, sixths and harmonics are presented in two octaves.
Title: Scales for Advanced Violists, By Barber, Barbara, Edited by Barbara Barber, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc., Item number: B8023
The "prequel" to Barbara Barber's widely-used Scales for Advanced Violists is here! Scales for Young Violists is a user-friendly scale system which presents two-octave major, melodic minor, and harmonic minor scales with arpeggios. The first five Foundation Keys (C, D, E, F, G) introduce beginning double-stops in octaves, 3rds, and 6ths, remaining in first position. One-octave scales in double-stop octaves, 3rds, 6ths, and harmonics are presented in all twelve keys. Preparatory shifting exercises, bowing and rhythmic variants, a helpful Circle of 5ths, and Progress Chart make this the perfect beginning scale book for every viola student.