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Best method for adult?
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February 16, 2017 - 9:59 am
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I am trying to get feedback to find the best books and teaching methods for an adult learner. 


I have seen on You Tube one learner practiced for a month only doing open string practice. 

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February 16, 2017 - 10:24 am
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The two popular book series I hear of are Essential Elements and Suzuki.

My teacher went through the first Essential Elements book with me... we skipped around a lot, and totally skipped what she thought were the boring bits I didn't need to work on. We spent around 2 months on that book before moving on to different things.

Everyone will learn differently, what method works for one won't work for another, and at different speeds. What worked for me might not work for her next adult student, or vice versa.

You might be interested in the event we have going this Sunday, we've put it together specifically for first year students (whether they are at 0 months or 1 year) 😀 Click the picture in my signature to take you to the thread that has all the info 😀 

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February 17, 2017 - 5:18 am
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I wouldn't have the patience to do open strings that long but it's definitely not bad. The beginner books are great as are simple scales and focusing on posture, position, relaxation while playing, and intonation. Try to memorize the feeling when hitting the notes correctly.

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February 17, 2017 - 8:49 am
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The best book for me is the "First Lessons Violin (Book/CD/DVD Set)"- by Craig Duncan- Mel Bay Publications. It really helped me to start teaching myself. Great book.

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March 17, 2017 - 10:57 pm
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What are you interested in playing?  I spent some time in Suzuki book 1 15 years ago, and now I've picked it up again using Old Time Fiddle for the Ignoramus.  I'm more interested in Old Time fiddling now than Classical, so it works nicely.  American Fiddle Method was also mentioned as a good one. 

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