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DragonLady
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I wanted to show you what Violin books I have. I made this video in one take. What  violin books do you have?

Sorry for the low quality video. The lighting in my house is not that great. Its a rainy day.

 

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I have the fiddle book and Suzuki 1-4 and I've browsed thru the Essential series up at Sam Ash.

IMHO the best learning books/materials are by a fella named Applebaum.  I have 3 or 4 of his beginning student books.

The Fiddlebook I rate as a 5 out of 10.

"Essentials" looked OK at Sam Ash.

IMHO Suzuki is NOT that great for learning purposes, particularly without a teacher.

I developed most of my skills ( if I can use that word!)  from a great easy-medium book called "first etude album for violin" Rubank Library No. 163.

Whistler and Hummel.   (I hope it is still in print?)

http://www.amazon.com/First-Vi.....142344485X

Seems like it is!  For $4.95 it's a steal.

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I also have the four Suzuki books (for which I have an extreme dislike) as they belonged to my sister.  

 

My classical instructor had me buy "The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner" by Janice Tucker Rhoda since it was the book that the music school she worked for sold and she was being pressured by the owner to use it.  I played through it cover to cover on the first day since my fiddle instructor had already gone over all of the material (all I had to do was sight read the music).  *sigh*  Like the Suzuki books, it is a little short on explanation and so would really be most effective accompanying lessons.

 

Edit to add: @ Oliver, even if the book is out of print one can get copies second-hand through abebooks.com.

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Most of the books I have is because of my private lessons when I was 9. My teacher told my mom to buy them. My dad bought the fiddle book, I guess he wanted me to play bluegrass. LOL I have another book I forgot about when I recorded. It has a lot of slurs. I don't care much for the Suzuki book ether.The Essential Elements, I like it. My husband can use it if he decides to learn to the violin. 

 

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It turns out that most student books have something to offer if there is follow through and the lessons are played well. 

Some might just look a little more contemporary but the notes are all the same dancing

The Bluegrass book is not "bad" but is not very much Bluegrass. coffee2

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FIDDLE CASE is great collection!

Might buy'it.

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The only violin book I have is 'easy' Christmas carols my wife got me for Christmas. None of which are easy enough for me lol

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Anyone recommend a Celtic/Irish sheet music?

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