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Early Start on the Viola, Volume 2

A viola method for children

By Egon Sassmannshaus; Kurt Sassmannshaus

A viola method for children. Composed by Egon Sassmannshaus; Kurt Sassmannshaus. Stapled. Barenreiter's Sassmannshaus. Instructional. Performance score. Text Language: English. 64 pages. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA9687).

Item Number: BA.BA9687
ISBN 9790006539291. With Text Language: English. Instructional. 30 x 23 cm inches.

Original German title: Fruher Anfang auf der Bratsche - Band 2; Eine Bratschenschule fur Kinder. The second volume already presents classical viola duets. The child's knowledge and technique is expanded by dotted rhythms, sixteenths notes, and first double stops. And here is the most revolutionary aspect of the method: different finger patterns can be connected and combined to create any major and minor scale without the use of open strings. This creates the ability to practice scales in any position, often within the first year of playing! With this skill, songs learned in first position are easily transposed to other keys and higher position. Coupled with beginning shifting exercises this sets a foundation for an early virtuoso technique not available in any other method.

  • Preface 
  • The Third Finger Is The Tonic 
  • Triads in F major, C major, And G major 
  • Songs with the New Finger Pattern 
  • The Dotted Quarter Note 
  • The Second Finger Changes Between High And Low Positions 
  • The First Finger Is the Tonic 
  • Triads in D major, A major And E major 
  • Changing Between High And Low Finger Positions 
  • The Three Finger Patterns 
  • Playing In Different Positions With The Three Patterns 
  • Double Stops 
  • The Second Finger Is The Tonic 
  • Triads In E-flat Major, B-flat major and F major 
  • Sixteenth Notes 
  • The First Finger Changes Between High And Low Positions 
  • F major Notes In First Position 
  • Exercises And Pieces in F major 
  • Major And Minor Scales And Arpeggios Across Four Strings 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
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  • June 25, 2012 very good book

    Not a viola player myself, I ordered this to give to a viola player friend who has been using it with some of his pupils, and confirms the excellent quality of Bärenreiter. The method is friendly for beginners, especially for children.

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