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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 2012 edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634038176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634038174
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an easy book to follow and done very well for beginners like myself.
Norman L. Gillaspie
I highly recommend this book as well as Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory Complete to anyone seriously interested in learning violin.
Suzanne Langlois
I just started back to learning my notes, and this is a great way to get back in practice.
Bobby Willard

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171 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Langlois on September 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Once I got my hands on this book, I discarded all the other "beginner" books I'd purchased. No more having to play juvenile ditties like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

I'm an adult beginner violinist and Essential Elements 2000 for Strings with its accompanying CD & DVD has enabled me to teach myself how to play my violin while thoroughly enjoying the effort and without experiencing the boredom and humiliation of having to learn tunes better geared toward much younger students.

I've only been playing since July and I'm already about to graduate to the second book in the series. The curriculum is interesting, playing along with the orchestra on the CD is exciting, and realizing how fast I'm progressing is a dream come true for this 54 year old beginner.

I highly recommend this book as well as Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory Complete to anyone seriously interested in learning violin.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Gene Wie on September 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
"For a real violin study, go with Suzuki." While that might work for a child that is ages 3-4 in a one-on-one or small group setting (which is what the Suzuki Method was intended for), it does not work well in large group learning situation for kids who are twice that age, beginning instruments in fourth and fifth grade. And to be honest, almost everything in the Suzuki method *IS* an arrangement of an original work (like the Bach Bouree from the cello suites set for violin), chosen because even in their simplified form they help teach the fundamental concepts.

This is my third year using EE2000 in my school program. I usually have between 30-40 students at each grade level in the orchestra. The books and their accompanying CD/DVD work really well and are of the appropriate complexity for the students ages nine through eleven. As a private instructor myself, I recommend to all my students to seek outside instruction, but EE2000 provides a good balance of technical development with ensemble skills for the beginners. Students coming into my program who already play don't feel bored because I am able to append more complex tasks in bowing and fingering to them using the existing material, giving them helpful exercises to expand their current abilities, while they help in encouraging their beginning peers.

Lastly, a smart child, if they are so motivated (as some of my kids are), can look at the directives in the EE2000 book and figure out a lot of things on their own ahead of the class, and they are provided with just enough information to accomplish those tasks fairly correctly, without doing awful things to their technique. The included instruction videos are very helpful in this case as well.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By P. Meyer on March 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent first book for the violin. I have started learning violin again after a 24 year break! This book is aesthetic, has very clear instructions and diagrams and is designed beautifully. The progression of the exercises is completely logical, allowing you to perfect each technique before moving on. Every symbol is explained clearly, no new note or technique is found in exercises that come before their explanation. There are numerous scale and arpeggio exercises that are marked with a different background color, making it easier to find them. There are many orchestra arrangements (mostly duets), and even a duet with piano accompaniment. The accompanying discs are an added attraction. I don't particularly make very much use of them, but they can make practicing more interesting for children who generally have less discipline. This is a much better series than The ABCs of Violin.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Loftus on April 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is very well organized and presents the material in an orderly manner. It is being used by a family member and violin teacher. I am working through the material in parallel so I can assist the student. There is a lot of nice beginner material here, and I would recommend it to any music teacher. I am not sure how useful it is to a student without a music teacher, however. There is very little text.

The included version of Finale Notepad is from 2003. That is 9 years old! It is buggy and not updatable from Finale from what I can tell as it is not a "purchased" version from Finale's point-of-view. I can not tell if the version is the "Trial" version you can download from Finale, or if this is something else. It may time-out in 30 days. Again, I can't tell as there is no information in the book or on the DVD. I would guess the other included software is as old.

Additionally, the video will not run on my PC's DVD player. Why, I don't know. There may be codec issues.

Hal Leonard needs to update this package and clean-up the issues.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By C. Williams on February 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
Becuase how else would you learn to read music and interpret that music properly with your violin if you already knew how the song was going to progress?

This makes it "cheat proof" for young and old alike. I like that. It forces the student to concentrate on the notes and actually read them instead of memorizing. It's the best and most organized book of its' kind.

The cd and dvd are included as is some very useful computer software. You do not have to go out and buy everything seperately. This helps on the students, or parents, pocketbook. Lessons are expensive enough without having to go out and spend a fortune on material for the lesson. Save some money and a whole lot of sight reading headaches down the road and get this book.
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