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Step One: Teach Yourself Violin Course: A Complete Learning System Book/3 CDs/DVD Pack Paperback – March 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Step One Teach Yourself
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales America (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825629594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825629594
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.5 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Boy was I disappointed!
mandomaniac
In no way is this a learning method that will actually help a begginer violinist start playing the violin.
Manuel
Your money will be better spent taking just one lesson with a professional teacher near you.
Kenneth C. Macfarlane

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth C. Macfarlane on July 30, 2005
Though this item boasts a book, 3 CDs and one DVD, I found it to be far from a complete learning system. The book has only 2 pages covering notation, one page describes the violin itself and a mere 3 paragraphs are given to holding the bow and the instrument. If you are a beginner, there simply is not enough introductory material to properly introduce basic technique. On the DVD, an unemotional presenter monotonously delivers little substance. For example, she advises that the bow hair should be neither too tight nor too loose but never tells the viewer how to determine what is too tight and what is too loose.

The accompaniment CDs are unmusical and sound like the piano part is played by a computer.

Your money will be better spent taking just one lesson with a professional teacher near you.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By James B. Ross on January 14, 2006
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I'm giving this four stars as an overall package. I feel that the quality of the material and the amount of lessons provided in the overall package are well worth Amazon's price for this product.

I agree with the previous reviewer that the video lessons are incomplete. This teacher jumps into playing scales and lessons which are far beyond someone who's picking up a violin for the very first time. The woman in this video doesn't even show where the notes are located on the violin fingerboard, and there is no mention at all about how to properly use the left hand, or even much about how to properly bow the instrument. The real value with this package is not with the video lesson, but with the rest of the material provided.

Two of the CDs contain all of the lessons played both at slow speed and moderate speed. I feel that the difference between these speeds is significant for someone who's trying to play along with them. The third CD contains just background music which is very nice for practicing after a piece is learned.

I would recommend Mel Bay's video "Anyone Can Play Violin" with Coral White as a First Lesson. However, I would definitely recommend this "Step One: Teach Yourself Violin" as a nice continuation to the Mel Bay video. There are many more lessons contained in this package plus many more scales which are important. The quality of the video is excellent, and while the presenter may not instill a party atmosphere she does present the lessons in a very professional manner. However, there isn't a lot of "how-to" information. Most of it is just watching her play scales and pieces to compare your performance with. She doesn't play all the lessons on video either.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wilhelmina Zeitgeist VINE VOICE on September 15, 2006
When possible, I borrow instruction books, CDs, videos, and DVDs for learning a musical instrument from the library to try before I buy. This set was available at my local library.

In the case of "Step One Teach Yourself Violin: A Complete Learning System" I give it two thumbs down.

The instructor on the DVD begins playing scales on her violin then tells you play along. Unfortunately, neither she nor the book tell you where to place your fingers on the strings or what you are supposed to be playing. The instructor, in my opinion, is not very friendly or helpful.

I equate her teaching methods with a child entering the kindergarden, being handed the complete works of Kafka, and being expected to read and undertand it before they've learned the alphabet.

The only thing I learned from this method is not to buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mandomaniac on September 22, 2010
Having only been playing for just under 2 years, I purchased a "kit" called "Teach Yourself Violin". I figured I could pick up on a thing or two from any course. The outside of the kit said it contained a lesson book, recorded versions of all the lessons and a DVD to demonstrate all of the techniques and theories covered in the other material. The package was packaged very professionally and it was only $29.95 and I had a $5 off coupon so I thought to myself, Why Not? After all, the product was distributed by Hal Leonard and I have never been disappointed by a Hal Leonard product in the past.

When I got the kit, I opened the box and immediately went to the DVD. Boy was I disappointed! The young lady in the video had long jet black hair and was dressed in a black turtle neck. Her eyes were glazed over and her speech was slurred throughout the entire video. I'm not kidding; she looked and sounded like Elvira on Quaaludes! Her intonation was off and her bowing wasn't perpendicular to the strings. The entire lesson on music theory lasted only 43 seconds! From there, she went into bowing exercises on open strings and then went STRAIGHT into the tunes.

I'm sure many might say that since I have only been playing for such a short time, that I have no right to critique but I have purchased enough DVDs on fiddling and other instruments and have attended enough seminars and workshops put on by professional musicians to I know a good instructor from a bad one. I am honestly shocked that any final editor would let something this poorly done make it to final production. Hal Leonard should be ashamed for distributing such a poor product.

The CDs that contain recordings of all of the lessons aren't anything to write home about either.
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