These easy-to-read, progressive exercises by Joanne Martin develop a student's reading skills one stage at a time, with many repetitions at each stage. I Can Read Music is designed as a first note-reading book for students of string instruments who have learned to play using an aural approach such as the Suzuki Method, or for traditionally taught students who need extra note reading practice. Its presentation of new ideas is clear enough that it can be used daily at home by quite young children and their parents, with the teacher checking progress every week or two.
Title: I Can Read Music, By Martin, Joanne, 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.
Scales Plus! is a radical first. It is the first all-inclusive study of scales, keys, intonation, positions, and shifts in one volume. It is designed for 'nearly' beginners to advanced students. Teachers will be delighted with the concepts underlying the development of:
Great facility in reading and playing in different keys and positions
Great facility and accuracy with shifts
Contains 1,234 common key patterns, 128 common shifts and 106 lines of exercises for 3-octave scales and arpeggios.
Title: Scales Plus! for Violin, By Starr, William, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc., Item number: B13870
Selections from the smaller keyboard works of the Baroque masters were chosen for this collection of violin duets on the basis of appeal and adaptability to string performance, with key changes where appropriate.
The more advanced violinist will find suggested ornaments in the footnotes and, in parenthesis, occasional fingerings for optional position changes. Additional editorial markings for the student suggest typical baroque phrasing and articulation.
Title: Easy Baroque Duets for Violin, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc., Item number: B262
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.