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I'm an adult violin beginner, but have a degree in music (woodwind player). So I already read music and have a basic understanding of violin (string names, positions, etc.) BUT I'm a beginner at actually playing the instrument.
After a few days of googling until my eyeballs burn, I think I need the opinion of people who know what they're talking about.
I'm in search of a method book (or books) for people like me who can read music but have zero technique. What are my best options? And if it matters, I'm particularly interested in learning American and Irish folk music, but I'll start wherever I need to.
My personal favorite is Ivan Galamian's: Princples of Violin Playing & Teaching
If you can master his method you will be able to play anything you want. Notice that the sentence starts with if and it's a big difficult IF. Still, this is my favorite book on technique. Although he passed away in 1981, he lives on in the YouTubes.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright
Thanks, that looks like a great resource; I'll add it to my shopping list. From what I can tell, it looks like a "how to play" type book. Any suggestions on a "what to play" book? I'm interested in beginner level exercises that will help me practice changing strings, switching positions, etc. But that might be more fun than playing scales and arpeggios (I realize I'll have to "eat my veggies" but I'd like to have some dessert too)
@sunandstars I am pretty new at this too, so am learning technique while also wanting to learn interesting music. I have a book called Mel Bay's Complete Irish Fiddle Player, by Peter Cooper. You can find it on Amazon. It has easy songs, works you through to a little harder things, and there is a fair bit of history there as well. If you are aiming at Irish folk music you might like it. It also comes with a CD so you can play along, or at least know how it is supposed to sound in theory, both speed and execution!
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