This series of workbooks for beginning and intermediate players is designed to save rehearsal time by keeping classroom explanation to a minimum. Published in separate books for each of the stringed instruments, the take-home assignments stress the names of notes, finger patterns, scales, key signatures, terms and symbols, and other information necessary to prepare the string player thoroughly for orchestra participation.
Title: Workbook for Strings, Edited by Etling, Published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
This collection of well-known Christmas and Chanukah melodies is perfect for any gathering of string players, in any configuration. The most accessible keys have been chosen. Players opting for the string quartet or orchestra groupings will find that the melody is passed around so all members of the ensemble have "tune opportunity." Parts are conveniently sold separately, allowing performing groups to mix and match to their own specifications. The piano accompaniment can be used with all the versions. For string quartet or string orchestra.
Jingle Bells in D Major
Joy to the World
Away in a Manger
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Jingle Bells in A Major
Lo, How a Rose
O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
Title: Festive Strings, Edited by Joanne Martin, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
Book Two. A collection of original unison compositions for beginning and intermediate string students. Great for teaching fundamental string skills. For use in the classroom and in private lessons as supplementary material or as an alternative to existing method books.
Title: Concert Tunes for Intermediate Strings: Book 2, By Brubaker, Dale, Published by JLJ Music Publishing
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.