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Finished Suzuki Violin Method Book 1 on my Own. Next Step?
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luminiz
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I've been currently playing the violin for about 2 whole months. In this time, I have fluently progressed through Suzuki Violin Method Book 1 on my own, without a primary teacher. I mainly watch online lesson videos and get a little help from my friend (played 6+ years) every other week. So I'm almost done with Book 1 and I skimmed through Book 2 and it looks intimidating. Any thoughts or suggestions to help me bridge my transition from these two books?

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The first Suzuki book 1 is pretty easy. The second one doesn't seem that bad to me either, just not something that can hold my attention. I think it's because they're geared to people who are also learning how to read music for the first time. I've been using the exercises to perfect technique and posture, then playing other pieces that I like when they get too boring. While I can play through the music, mastering things like stretching my 4th finger, bow management, different bowing styles, and hitting all of the bell notes on each piece makes it a lot more interesting.

 

 

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Thanks for the info. Any tips on playing pieces or improving one's playing that are more geared towards the intermediate base violinist?

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My tip would be to play the new pieces in the new book VERY slowly at first. Try to perfect everything you do and don't be intimidated by anything, rather get excited. I love how motivated you self learners are. If you dare record yourself I'll be happy to guide you right here. I have a RHYTHM CHART and a FINGERING CHART in case you need help with working something out. I am presently working on a rhythm game that should be finished and online real soon. That combined with the fingering game and intonation game could be of some help to some. Laugh

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Thanks for the great feedback. I will try out your suggestions.Laugh

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i was wondering.. what other method books are best for beginners... is anyone using maia bang violin method? someone gave me a copy of this.. but i'm having a hard time looking for reviews... 

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