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.
Now in a new translation, this book is Shin'ichi Suzuki's exploration of the concepts of his Talent Education philosophy through a personal narrative of discovery and experiences. Taken from the original Japanese directly into English, this new work provides fascinating insight into the mind of the master. A must for any teacher, player, or devotee of Dr. Suzuki's teachings. Size 8" x 5.5", 142 pages.
"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.
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.
Swing Your Strings, Alternative Styles for Suzuki Students
Title: "Swing Your Strings" Alternative Styles For Suzuki Students, By Doug Cameron. Published by Carl Fischer
"Swing Your Strings" is a new, exciting and fun approach to some of the well loved Suzuki standards. Treat yourself and your students to a fresh new approach. Suzuki standards are cleverly written in Jazz, Rock, Celtic, Latin, Blues, Reggae, Gospel, Country Swing and more.
Not only do Volumes 1 & 2 explore alternative music styles, they also contain invaluable information, tips and instruction.
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.
Students learn songs more quickly than they learn tunes. These 77 little songs are easy and fun to sing and play. They are graded according to finger patterns and bowings. These pieces will be a great help through the periods of boredom and frustration some students experience. They contain duet parts for teacher or other students and are ideal for group or private teaching. Violin, viola and cello books can all be used together.
Easy Songs for Shifting in the First Five Positions for Violin
Title: Easy Songs for Shifting in the First Five Positions for Violin, By Kinnard, Kathryn Bird, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
This book introduces violinists to 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th positions-all while taking the monotony out of learning. All the melodies included in this book are catchy and easily memorized, utilizing repetition as the method of teaching each shift. In the beginning of each new position, fingerings are provided, but are gradually dropped as the student is expected to learn them. Great for both group classes and private instruction, this book will be sought after by all violin teachers and their students.
Title: Learning Together, By Winifred Crock, William Dick, and Laurie Scott 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.
Step by Step Volume Two: An Introduction to Successful Practice for Violin
The Step by Step series is a collection of exercise books/CDs for violin based on Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's Mother-Tongue approach. From the very beginning, it will provide a solid foundation in instrumental technique. The focus is on teaching correct, child-appropriate practice habits that range from listening, singing, and dancing to playing music. The ideas presented should stimulate daily practice and also make it more effective. The CDs include pieces from the Suzuki Violin School in various tempi as well as the most important preparatory exercises.
Title: Step by Step Volume Two: An Introduction to Successful Practice for Violin, By Wartberg, Kerstin, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
For viola duet, trio, or quartet; or violin/viola ensemble. Contains nine duets, five trios and one quartet. The easiest pieces can be played by beginners, leading into more advanced repertoire in Volume 2. Suitable for teaching alto clef to violinists making the shift to viola. All pieces are in score form. Beginning to intermediate level.
Title: ViolaFest, By Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
Rounds and Canons for Reading, Recreation and Performance (Violin)
80 rounds and canons; two-part to six-part (mostly four-part); mixture of folk songs, classical pieces and original material chosen to develop reading skills, ensemble skills, and tone production. May be performed by players of different skill levels (beginners repeat easiest part, more advanced players rotate the other parts.) Compatible with viola (B981) and cello (B982) editions.
Title: Rounds and Canons for Reading, Recreation and Performance (Violin), By Starr, William, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc., Item number: B980