- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.; Pap/Com edition (January 23, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786618051
- ISBN-13: 978-0786618057
- Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.8 x 0.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mel Bay First Lessons Violin Book/CD Set Paperback – January 23, 2002
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As a teacher, First Lessons, just doesn't have enough warm-ups. The ABCs of Violin is better--it's a longer book and includes more material--great selections of pieces, excellent warm-ups. The Suzuki books have minimal warm-ups, mainly pieces, but excellent selection of pieces.
First Lessons is an ok book as a supplement just in the beginning, but the Suzuki books and the ABCs of Violin have books you can move on to. Suzuki, Books 1 through 10 and the ABCs of Violin, Books 1 through 5.
I played a string instrument (bass violin) many years ago and did not find this a problem, you simply remember Every Good Boy Does Finely to name the lines and F A C E to name the spaces and work from there. This will not slow you down, the bass plays in a different clef and learning to "read" the music in the treble (G) clef that the violin uses took less than a week. As for tuning, buy a chromatic tuner when you purchase your instrument and ask for tuning instructions then.
This book takes an approach much better suited to adults or musicians who play other instruments in that it emphasises melodies to learn to play. You are done with open strings after lesson one and learn the notes and fingering of the A major scale in lesson two. This is a much more satisfying approach than traditional method books. Slurs are introduced in lesson 11. You'll have learned most of the notes in first position by lesson 13 and the rest by lesson 17. Lesson 22 will introduce the 4th finger.
My only complaints about the books are: 1.) the heavy emphasis on the A and E strings. This was dramatic enough to make me search through the book to find any songs that use the G string (I found a couple at lesson 13), and to make me wonder if I should write out the songs an octave or fifth lower just to practice using the D and G strings as well. (The D string is included a little more often that G)
And 2.) the lack of difficult songs.Read more ›
This book and CD set has really helped me learn to read music, and has vastly improved my sight reading on the violin.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is great for beginners, and is fun to work through. I'm almost finished with the. The CD is really helpful.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is very good its challenging but all insterment a arePublished 19 months ago by Ethan wagenknecht
So for a beginner this book was helpful and I learned a lot. I would hope that whoever buys this gets some good use out of it.Published on March 6, 2014 by anamaric17