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  • Sheet music: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Carl Fischer (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825871247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825871245
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.2 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Extremely clear and beautifully organized, The ABCs of Violin are a truly valuable resource for every teacher of students in the early stages of exploring the instrument. They are immensely helpful not only in laying the essential groundwork, but also in making the process enjoyable. --Dorothy DeLay, Violin Pedagogue, Juilliard School

About the Author

Janice Tucker Rhoda's biography is included in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the World. She designed her path-breaking instruction series, The ABCs of Strings, to encourage students of all ages to play the Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass. She has given clinics and courses at colleges worldwide and has served as an adjudicator for solo competitions. Her Complete Technique books for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass is a new series introduced in 2014.

More About the Author

Janice Tucker Rhoda is Author of the ABCs of Strings instruction series and Complete Technique series published by Carl Fischer Music. She designed her methods to encourage students of all ages to play Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass. She studied Violin in the preparatory and college divisions of New England Conservatory with pedagogue Eric Rosenblith, protégé of Carl Flesch. At age 16, she played a Brahms Sonata on a popular TV show, and became concertmistress of Massachusetts All-State Orchestra after auditioning playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.
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Complete Technique for Violin Book 1
Complete Technique for Viola, Book 1
Complete Technique for Cello, Book 1
Complete Technique for Double Bass, Book 1

TECHNIQUE HIGHLIGHTS:
*Worksheets for note-reading
*Scales, arpeggios, broken thirds
*Improvisational melodies
*Double-Stops, chords, octaves
*Harmonics
*Hammock Swing left-hand and
bow-arm technique
*Bow balancing exercises
*Ballet of Shifting exercises
*Quick Finger exercises
*Finger Substitution exercises
*Left-hand pizzicato exercises
*Teaching points throughout
**Complete Technique for Viola has Alto and Treble clef.

**Complete Technique for Cello has these additional Highlights:
*417 Exercises include 63 Musical Studies in Positions 1 through 5
*Extended positions
*Half Position
*Bass, tenor and treble clefs
*3 octave C Major Scale to IV and VII position
*Advanced chromatic scale to IV V and VII position
*Basic thumb position

**Complete Technique for Double Bass has these additional Highlights:
*520 Exercises include 58 Musical Studies in Positions 1 through 7
*Positions 1 through 7
*Half Position
*Bass, tenor and treble clefs
*Two octave C Major Scale to thumb position
*Advanced chromatic scale
*Basic thumb position

*The ABCs of Strings encompasses Books, CDs and DVDs for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass and String Orchestra. The books combine melodies from classical music standards, folk and fiddle tunes, rock 'n roll and jazz, and improvisation, plus Ms. Tucker Rhoda's original compositions of these various styles along with warm-up exercises, scales and study pieces. There are simple graphs showing left-hand finger placement, worksheets for note identification and practice charts in all of the books. Each absolute beginner book has additional duets and a glossary of music terms and symbols.

*Violinist Yuki Beppu began lessons at age 4 using the ABCs of Violin method with Ms. Tucker Rhoda. She won the New England Conservatory concerto competition at age 10, performed for the President and played on Good Morning America. Yuki stars in the ABCs of Violin for the Intermediate Player DVD performing all 69 pieces from ABCs of Violin Books 1 and 2.

*At age 19, Ms. Tucker Rhoda's Italian violin was hit out of her hand by a car; it sailed through the air and crashed to the ground! She grew up in a family of 5 children and 35 first cousins in Massachusetts, USA. Her father's family migrated from London, England and Canada, and her mother's family from Atina, Italy near Rome.

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Customer Reviews

The song selections are very enjoyable to play!
Edy
Yes indeed, this is a book for an absolute beginner on the violin--and I ought to know.
T. J. Carpenter
It seemed like a good idea to buy some starter books that would help me learn how.
"gregw9902"

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142 of 143 people found the following review helpful By ken on July 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
The ABC's of Violin has played an enormous role in fulfilling my dream of learning to play the violin. I'm overwhelmed by the simplicity of its approach, and it's underlying structure that has so effectively developed my skills. New concepts and techniques are introduced in such a logical manner as to further a student's development while limiting the frustrations and intimidation that frequently accompany a new undertaking such as learning an instrument. I also enjoy the vast repertoire of material presented throughout the book. The material ranges from focused studies to actual songs, encompassing nearly every genre imaginable, from classical to folk. Many of these songs are famous, others are slightly more obscure, but each cleverly selected to introduce a new element or concept at precisely the right time. The variety of music selection has also expanded the future directions that I hope to take my violin playing.
I also highly recommend acquiring the accompanying CD. It contains beautiful renditions of the songs presented in the book. I've found that playing along with the CD greatly improved my reading, timing, intonation, and confidence.
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179 of 183 people found the following review helpful By "gregw9902" on May 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
I had always wanted to learn how to play the violin and finally decided to take the plunge last year. It seemed like a good idea to buy some starter books that would help me learn how. I picked up three such books that had been recommended to me. By far the best was the "ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner." The notes were easy to read and the tunes were really fun to play. New ideas were introduced at a good pace--not pushy fast, not pokey slow--just right. I could keep up without feeling overwhelmed, but I felt like I was learning something, too. I'm now near the end of Book 2 of the series and having a blast! Can't wait to try out Book 3.
The other two method books I bought just didn't cut it for me. They seemed harder to understand and threw a lot at you all at once. It was the ABCs that really made me want to keep playing--no contest as far as I'm concerned, at least.
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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Carpenter on June 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I started off by using this book when I decided to teach myself the violin, and I'm very happy I did. The finger placement charts really helped me get started right. It's been a lot of fun using the book, because I can play famous melodies I'm familiar with. I also thought the author's original tunes were nice. And after doing the warm-up exercises, it was really easy to play the melodies that came after.

Yes indeed, this is a book for an absolute beginner on the violin--and I ought to know. I was one just a few months ago. Now, I'm in book 2 of the series and enjoying it. And I didn't need a teacher, either.

I'd recommend this book very highly.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By amy walsh on May 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I had been searching 15 years for the ideal method to use with my students and this is it! I've been using it for the past 4 years. With this entire series (5 books for violin) my younger and older students have had more enthusiasm to practice and learn to read quicker and better. By the time they play student concertos and advanced solo pieces, their technique is more precise than with other methods.
Details:
1. It has more variety than other methods--it includes fiddle tunes, classical, folk and improvisational. Continually keeps up my student's interest--they are never bored!
2. The warm-ups before each piece make so much sense and have taught me to create my own while teaching violin concertos and advanced solo pieces. Plus they are nice to listen to, so students practice them--unlike other method book's warm-ups which make violin playing seem tedious. The etudes (study pieces) are written well, too. They are fun to play!
3. The finger graphs help my students know where to put their fingers right away--some go ahead in the book without me assigning the next lesson.
4. The pages are clean looking without all that clutter you see in other method books--the notes are bigger, too!
5. All the books from this series cover the essential techniques more thoroughly than other methods--so many methods move too fast which can be discouraging for students!
6. The pieces the author wrote are some of the best pieces in the book. Not only are they beautiful, but they work very well technically--they lay well in both hands. Many other colleagues of mine agree with this about Ms. Tucker Rhoda's pieces.
7. By the way, Book 5 is my favorite book. It has classic solo pieces.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By James Kalos on March 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I used this book for self-instruction and was completely satisfied. I'm into book two now--can't wait to learn all the new melodies!

This book one entails numerous appealing melodies. I especially like the fiddle and folk tunes, although there are also nice classical. The warm ups and scales are very useful, too.

There are picture graphs that show where to put your fingers on the neck of the violin--easy to follow. You start with A-B-C sharp on the second string in (a graph shows you that the second string from the right is the A string). The graph also shows the letters with the corresponding finger numbers. So A is the string itself, B is your first finger on the A string, and C sharp is your second finger on the A string. You pick it up right away!
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