"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 method encourages creativity in the student by including variations to the tunes and illustrating how they can serve as a basis for improvisation. To assist in the development of ensemble skills, chords and lyrics, basic music theory, and demonstrations of such skills as backup and lead playing are included. A CD for listening and play-along captures the excitement of the music and aids instruction. This book is beneficial for both fiddle students and classical Suzuki violin students.
Title: The American Fiddle Method, By Wicklund, B. and Farr, F., Published by Mel Bay Publications
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Instrumental Solos
Thematic interpretations of
11 selections from Howard Shore's brilliant score to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Shore masterfully expands upon the musical palette of Middle-earth, blending familiar motifs from the Lord of the Rings
trilogy with an exciting array of memorable new themes.
Each book contains a carefully edited part complete with bowings, articulations and keys well suited for the level 2-3 player. A fully orchestrated accompaniment MP3 CD is also provided, which features a DEMO track of each song followed by a PLAY-ALONG track. PDF piano and guitar accompaniments are also available for print on the CD.
Book 2: 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 2, By Dillon/Kjelland/O'Reilly, Published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
This series contains a collection of tunes that can be taught equally well in class or private lessons. Each unit contains a tune, written out solos, backgrounds, bass lines and parts for piano and percussion (or use the play-along CD). Beginning improvisation is developed through the use of preparatory pages and aural echoes on the CD. Improvisation is possible, but not required, for a successful performance.
Title: Jazz Philharmonic, Edited by Sabien, Randy and Phillips, Bob, Published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
Instrumental Solos includes selections from all six Star Wars® movies. The arrangements are completely compatible with each other and can be played as string duets or as solos. Each book contains a carefully edited part that is appropriate for the Level 2-3 player and a fully orchestrated accompaniment CD. Each song on the CD includes a demo track, which features a live instrumental performance, followed by the play-along track itself. Also included is 4-color art as well as black and white art from the movies.
This book is designed as a workbook to teach theory specifically relevant to the violin at a level that is attainable and challenging, yet fun for young children. It is intended to build confidence and solidify the relationship between theory and playing. Children will enjoy the drawing and coloring activities in the book, while developing the fundamentals of violin theory at the same time. The book can be used to teach beginners the basics of theory, or even to refresh musicians who might need a small review of violin theory. No matter who uses this book, it will give a strong foundation to violin theory, and through this understanding will foster a greater love of playing. Concepts covered in this book include: learning the parts of the violin; learning about line and space notes; learning musical symbols; and how to draw music.
Title: Beginner Violin Theory for Children, By Smith, Melanie, Published by Mel Bay Publications, Item number: 20296
This popular collection of classical violin solos, edited by the noted violinist and teacher Josef Gingold, now includes an enhanced accompaniment CD option. In addition to providing piano accompaniments to play along with, it can also be used on a PC/MAC to adjust the tempo to the player's preference.