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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. 64 pages. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA9687).

Item Number: BA.BA9687

ISBN 9790006539291. 30 x 23 cm inches. Text Language: English. Illustrations: Charlotte Panowsky.

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.

About Baerenreiter's Sassmannshaus

Children playfully learn reliable technique at the earliest age. For more than three decades the Sassmannshaus Tradition has been the household name for excellence in beginner methods in German-speaking countries. More than half a million students have successfully learned to play using this publication.

This tried and tested German method is now available in English! The best-selling method that gave generations of European musicians their foundation is now available in English, with content and songs newly adapted for today's English speaking children.

What makes this method so special?

  • The child-friendly and age-appropriate text underlying the music enables children to perceive melodies as a whole and to understand their singable qualities.
  • Songs and scales in different positions are easily explained and mastered within the first year. This is an important advantage over methods that confine children to the first position for many years.
  • Note reading is emphasized from the first lesson - children are brought up to become proficient sight-readers and play in chamber music ensembles as early as possible.
  • In contrast to other beginner methods, The Sassmannshaus Tradition progresses swiftly by introducing advanced techniques in rudimentary form, such as shifting and varied bow strokes.
  • Ensemble playing is encouraged from the very beginning.
  • The method is suitable for single instruction as well as for group and class lessons.
  • The large print notes and text as well as many colorful illustrations are particularly child-friendly and very attractive to pre-school children and school children alike.
  • The substantial volumes contain comprehensive material and carefully calibrated learning curves. They keep children curious and interested for many months and years.

  • 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

    Hernan Villamil
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
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  • 2012-06-25 00:00:00.0 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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