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"Basically a quick-study revision course that refreshes earlier-learned skills, this is a useful book for adult musicians who may be uncertain of where and how to start again. A wide variety of pieces in many different styles is underpinned by re-visiting theory. signs, terms and exercises for both hands. The techniques covered will enable easy orchestral and chamber music to be played. The enclosed CD includes solo and as well as backing tracks, MP3 files and PDF piano accompaniments.

Dust off that old violin and enjoy your music once again!" --Austa, May 2011

"Carl Fischer Music unveils I Used to Play, a new series of books for adults looking to get back into playing their instruments of yesteryear. I Used to Play will help jump start their memory and comfort with music because the No. 1 goal is to get people re-acquainted with their instrument(s) by providing them with types of music they want to play, like pop, jazz, and classic tunes, rather than just etudes. In addition, each book contains a CD with audio MP3 files of complete performances of most songs, plus accompaniment-only versions. This CD also contains printable PDFs of piano parts for practice or performance opportunities. Currently, the following instrument books are available in the series, with more to follow: I Used to Play Flute, by Larry Clark, I Used to Play Trumpet, by Larry Clark, I Used to Play Violin, by Doris Gazda and Larry Clark. I Used to Play is just the push former players need to fall back in love with their instruments again!" --American String Teacher, May 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Carl Fischer Music Publisher (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825872782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825872785
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I decided to relearn the violin so I bought this book. It is excellent. Perfect for my needs.
This and Wohlfahrt's Op 45 Sixty Studies is all I need !!
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By Danielle on February 13, 2014
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This book is awesome. Exactly what I was looking for. The songs are just the right difficulty to get you back into playing.
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I saw this book at a music store and decided to write a review since there is no Look Inside. In a nutshell, this book is for those re-starters who stopped around Suzuki Vol.3 or lower.

The book consists of some scales (read: no more than two octaves) and simple folk songs or classical pieces such as Minuet. No solid etudes, no double stops whatsoever. This is even not adequate for playing light holiday music with a band. I haven't played since college and am really excited to go back to it. I was drawn to the name but was disappointed by the content when I realized I could probably go through the entire book within a couple of days, and I am just an amateur, play as a hobby, nowhere near professional.

So, if you are seriously thinking about picking up the violin again and expecting to make some sweet melody out of it, go for a scale book, etudes and whatever music you want to play.
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I'm in my fifties and hadn't picked up my violin in decades. This is the perfect book to help one do that. I was able to just start playing the easy exercises and songs. The exercises are well composed to sound good as one practices scales and precision of notes.
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By BJ on January 15, 2013
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I hoped the book would inspire me to get playing. It instead includes a lot of etudes and not many fun pieces. This purchase makes me think I should review music personally rather than order it online.
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