Baerenreiter Verlag Early Start on the Violin, Volume 1 - Sassmannshaus - Violin - Book

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A violin method for children aged four and older

Authors: Egon Sassmannshaus, Kurt Sassmannshaus
Format: Book
Instrumentation: Violin

After beginning with open strings and simple note values, learners become acquainted with the 'cuckoo call' (minor 3rd) as a basic interval for guidance purposes and for mastering good intonation. Volume 1 makes use of nursery rhymes, all of which are supplied with words to ensure that the melody lines can be easily grasped as a whole. All the fingers are introduced in succession, as well as simple accidentals and note values from whole note (semibreve) to eighth note (quaver). From the very beginning the volume places a special emphasis on reading musical notation and offers training in moving from one string to another and basic bowing strokes. Large print and delightful colour illustrations make the volume especially appealing to children. Enclosed is a sheet of cut-out musical cards that allow young learners to invent many puzzle and guessing games and later to master scales and pitch names.

  • Preface
  • Note Values And Symbols
  • Open Strings
  • String Crossing
  • The "Cuckoo's Third" With The Second Finger
  • The Fourth Finger
  • The Triad
  • The First Finger
  • String Crossing And Fingering On Different Strings
  • The Third Finger
  • Accidentals
  • Scales On Two Strings
  • More Exercises, Songs And Stroke Patterns
  • New Stroke Patterns
  • Slurred Notes
  • The Portato Stroke
The authors
In 1976 Egon Sassmannshaus, one of the most experienced and renowned violin teachers in Germany, published his tutor "Fruher Anfang auf der Geige". This standard work for young string players quickly became the most popular and best-selling tutor in the German-speaking countries for beginners on the violin. His son Kurt Sassmannshaus functioned as co-editor of the English-language edition, "Early Start on the Violin" (BA 9676, BA 9677, BA 9678, BA 9679), adapting his father's successful tutor to meet the needs and requirements of English-speaking children.

The combined knowledge and experience of both father and son make these four volumes the most thoroughly researched and thought-through violin tutor for beginners all over the world.
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