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Looking for a violin book, not fiddle or classical
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April 16, 2021 - 4:46 pm
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I have been playing my violin a lot lately. I really need some different songs to play around with. I am looking for a book with songs that I can actually use for learning and memorizing proper finger placements, so it will become natural when I pick it up. 

I am not interested in more fiddle songs, and classical drives me crazy, as I have stated before, I am just not up to it and I have issues learning anything from it. It is a constant battle if I have to fight to just understanding that music, figuring out what it is supposed to sound like, etc. I can’t learn and memorize finger placement for intonation, if the entire I am trying to figure out the tune itself.

That said, I am not looking for a discussion on why any of the above are issues or what I am not looking for, or ways to get over the classical hangup, I am really not a fan of at least 80% of classical music I have.

I am looking for a book recommendation that has commonly known pieces in first position, with alternative periodic stretches or touches of shifting, but enough of the 1st that I can actually play and get used to first. I am not looking to challenge myself, right now. That will come after I am comfortable with actually picking up the violin and can feel that I am in first position. 

I do believe the book would be like what would be considered beginner getting into intermediate. I am done with Twinkle Twinkle, Long Long Ago, etc.

I have been playing around with Fiddlerman’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow (lovely arrangement), although, I do have an issue with one part. I have been using the fourth finger, when appropriate, even when fingering still notates the open E, etc, to avoid the open string and try to make it a natural thing to do. I don’t want to get into the habit of always using open strings, I want fourth to feel natural, not a new thing later.

I am not a fan of downloading, I never find what I want anyway.

Does anyone know of a book of 60’s, show tunes, not really fast songs, etc that is written in a way that beginner to just beyond beginner, and maybe introducing to intermediate with a few pieces? I have one, but it has crazy key signatures and I have enough trouble following two flats, which I am working on, but I don’t want to have to skip or fight a majority of songs in the book. I just have trouble controlling my violin, at the moment with backing up to a b flat, etc. I need to get comfortable and secure, first.

I think I covered the issues I am trying to avoid with the book, I have too many books that I have purchased and had to put away, or giveaway because they were just way beyond what I will be able to do even in a year. I do need a book. The book in hand, making notes, etc, is how I learn. I know a fast song can be played slower, but if I know it is to be faster, I always play it faster that I am able to play and actually learn from it. Yes, I do scales, but it does not transfer to songs. They do not help everyone.

Thanks, until then, I will keep searching.

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April 16, 2021 - 6:09 pm
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Why not take a look at some of the ABRSM books, they cover grades 1 to 8, they do have some classical pieces in but they are easy depending on what grade book you get, and they have popular tunes in them as well. By the way I practice dominant 7ths for pinky exercise.

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April 16, 2021 - 6:10 pm
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Im guessing youve already browsed melbay.com ?  theres a bunch of stuff there.  hal leonard maybe.  also, check into books aimed at mandolin too.  just make sure the transcriptions arent tab only.  most include the "dots" with tab below the staff lines but the music will work for violin.

.  I dont have anything specific to suggest in show tunes.   The Portland books are well written and most tunes are doable and span a bunch of styles but most would probably classify them as fiddle tunes.  Ive at random just picked a tune from them i didnt know and diacovered some cool stuff.  Most are typical 16 bar AABB type stuff..iriah, New England, some old time, scottish, qubecois, canadian... lots to explore.  all 1st position type tunes.  One of the links we posted recently on the forum had a section with 60's stuff so look back through some of those.  i cant remember which one had it though.


April 16, 2021 - 6:14 pm
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google hal leonard 101broadway show tunes.  its a book out there.  the site i went to has a picture of the back cover with a list of the tunes.  cant say the sites name here or include a link.

April 16, 2021 - 6:48 pm
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@GregW Bingo! I just found the Hal Leonard one. It had samples and a list if all the songs. Thank you!

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