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BF31 - I Used to Play: Violin BK/CD Paperback – January 15, 2010
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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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This and Wohlfahrt's Op 45 Sixty Studies is all I need !!
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.