(Editor: Richard Jones) This four-volume graded anthology acts as an introduction to the style and repertoire of Baroque music for solo violin and continuo. All the major composers and violin virtuosi of the day are represented in the anthology, from Corelli to Vivaldi and from Bach to Telemann. Overall, the first three books progress from about Grade 2 to Grade 7 and the contents of each are arranged approximately in order of difficulty. Book 4 contains longer works and complete sonatas, including two hitherto unpublished sonatas by Albinoni.
This book is for beginning and intermediate fiddlers. No prior playing experience or note reading ability is required. The solos are written in both standard notation and tablature. While writing the arrangements, the author considered the small hands of children. Each tune is in the first position. Most of the notes are on the first three strings and there are no bowings or fingerings that present inordinate technical difficulties.
Every song in the book is included on the companion CD. The tunes are recorded at a moderate speed, and include count-off notes and rhythm guitar accompaniment.
Title: Easiest Fiddle Tunes for Children, By McCabe, Larry, Published by Mel Bay Publications, Item number: 21247BCD
An exciting collection of 29 traditional tunes from Ireland, arranged for easy fiddle. All tunes are written clearly in standard notation with bow directions. An accompanying CD contains all the tunes, played at a manageable speed, with guitar accompaniment.
The collection contains airs, well known songs, polkas, slip jigs, slides, double jigs, hornpipes and reels, all of which are specially arranged by the author with the beginning/intermediate fiddle player in mind. On the CD, the tunes are played 2 or 3 times, so you can really get into the feel of the tune, when playing along. The speed of the tunes is quite slow, but not so slow as to take away from the essential feel of the music.
Title: Irish Music for Fiddle Made Easy, Edited by Philip John Berthoud, Published by Mel Bay Publications, Item number: 21354BCD
This instrumental series contains themes from Blizzard Entertainment's fantasy, role-playing video games and includes 4 pages of art from the World of Warcraft universe. The compatible arrangements are carefully edited for the Level 2-3 player and include an accompaniment CD which features a demo track and play-along track.
The Shaping of the World
Pig and Whistle
A Call to Arms
Gates of the Black Temple
Wrath of the Lich King
Garden of Life