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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's finished! The True Beginning: Before the Method Book

I posted earlier about a new book I was working on this summer called 'The True Beginning: Before the Method Book.'  This turned out to be a huge and very time consuming project.  I thought perhaps I could cover everything in 40 pages or so, but my final book is 97 pages!  I am happy with how it has turned out and I hope it will be beneficial for teachers who would like some tips on helping beginners establish great postion and proper playing habits.  The book contains 10 lessons to be taught before students begin their method books.  Included are worksheets, techniques, tips, and music to help students learn playing position, bow hold, and left hand technique.  I am especially excited about the 3 new beginning pieces that are included in the book that each contain 3 levels of ability.   I believe these pieces will really help beginners stay motivated and have fun at the early stages of their skill development.

You can purchase .pdf download of the book   --or--   a .pdf  PLUS  a spiral bound hard copy at my store -

Here are some sample pages:


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    1. Thank you! It's been a fun and extensive project.

  2. I am excited to use this book! Thank you! I have taught orchestra for 5th-12th graders for three years now. My background is in violin performance and pedagogy, so I am finding my way as I go in this endeavor. Your blog and other resources you have produced have been a tremendous help to me and I appreciate your willingness to share your inspiration and experience. Many thanks!