How you can Complement Suzuki Violin College – E-book One

Suzuki Violin College: E-book One has been a bedrock of violin schooling because it was launched within the Seventies. One of many first books to depend on arranging songs so as of accelerating problem, it’s a favourite of violin lecturers, Suzuki and non-Suzuki alike.

However this ebook has sure limitations that may make supplementing its content material a good suggestion. A principal challenge is that there are solely seventeen songs within the first Suzuki E-book, and, by the tip of the ebook, the scholar is anticipated to play works by each Bach and Schumann, in edited however nonetheless quite troublesome preparations — fairly a leap from folks tunes and the 5 etude-like works written by Shinichi Suzuki.

As well as, many lecturers really feel there’s a quite giant hole in problem between the twelfth and thirteenth items, in addition to between the thirteenth and 14th. After twelve quite simple items consisting of easy folks tunes and unique and simply performed compositions by Suzuki himself, comes the thirteenth work — Minuet 1 by J.S. Bach. New to the scholar on this piece are: hooked bowings, mandatory use of the fourth finger for hitting the B in first place on the E string, and a change of key signature halfway by that forces the scholar to distinguish between C-sharp (second finger excessive) and C-natural (second finger low) for the primary time.

The hole in problem between the thirteenth piece within the ebook and the 14th (minuet 2 by J.S. Bach) is much more profound. First, the scholar should play a piece a full web page in size — double the quantity of staves of any earlier work within the ebook. Subsequent, the scholar should leap from the E string to the D string at a speedy tempo and comply with this skip with a hooked bowing. Even the primary measure is troublesome, with 4 string crossings within the first 6 notes. Fifths performed by the identical finger first on a excessive string after which on a decrease string — a notoriously troublesome method for novices — have to be executed at a speedy tempo. Triplet rhythms are additionally launched for the primary time. And, making its first look within the ebook, is a short interlude in e minor that requires third finger excessive on the D and A strings — three firsts for the scholar that happen virtually directly.

Ultimately, it might appear that Suzuki E-book One is, in actuality, extra like two separate books. The primary appears of applicable problem for the newbie. The second, beginning across the twelfth piece, appears to belong in a separate ebook — and one very far more superior than the primary.

One other challenge with the E-book One is the selection of songs — and this issues even the primary eleven. Whereas there are a number of songs that almost all kids know (Twinkle, Twinkle being the obvious), the opposite folks songs included are much less well-known — like “O Come Little Kids,” “Might Tune,” and “Tune of the Wind.” Following the folks songs are 5 “songs” by Suzuki, together with items titled “Perpetual Movement” and “Etude.” These typically fail to interact the scholar, which, to me, doesn’t appear all that shocking.

Thus, whereas the Suzuki Books have been groundbreaking materials within the Seventies, it might appear that supplementing them with extra simpler materials –along with extra acquainted songs– is perhaps a good suggestion. In any case, it takes time to develop method and eleven simple songs don’t appear sufficient, for my part, to organize for works by J.S. Bach or Schumann. Because of this, I’ve written my very own ebook, primarily based on Suzuki and likewise organized so as of accelerating problem, but additionally together with notice studying and fingerboard charts. The songs are additionally divided into sections that introduce new notes in small teams. Thus, the scholar can study by finding out this ebook not solely finger numbers but additionally the notice names that she or he is enjoying. This ebook consists of 80 acquainted songs, together with many which might be solely two to a few staves in size. Not solely do these simple songs stop college students from feeling overwhelmed by lengthy and unfamiliar items, in addition they allow them to grasp new works in a a lot shorter time. This slower tempo can permit the scholar to construct a extra strong method with out speeding them into works which might be too exhausting.

Whereas Suzuki E-book One is significantly worthwhile, it’s my opinion that troublesome songs are launched too early and there should not sufficient acquainted and simple songs that college students take pleasure in enjoying. Thus, supplementing it with extra simple songs can stop a scholar from choosing up unhealthy habits that may outcome from enjoying works that introduce an excessive amount of problem too quickly.

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