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Early Start on the Viola, Volume 4

A viola method for children

By Egon Sassmannshaus; Kurt Sassmannshaus

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A viola method for children. Composed by Egon Sassmannshaus; Kurt Sassmannshaus. Stapled. Barenreiter's Sassmannshaus. Instructional. Performance score. 72 pages. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA9689).

Item Number: BA.BA9689

ISBN 9790006539314. 30 x 23 cm inches. Text Language: English. Illustrations: Charlotte Panowsky.

Original German title: Fruher Anfang auf der Bratsche - Band 4; Eine Bratschenschule fur Kinder. The fourth volume introduces various positions as well as new bowing techniques. These are practiced in increasingly demanding classical duets. From here students can embark on the journey of standard repertoire.

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 
  • Third Position 
  • Brush Strokes And Spiccato 
  • Major and Minor Scales 
  • Triple Stops (Three Voice Chords) 
  • The Climbing Game 
  • Harmonics 
  • Shifting 
  • Ornaments 
  • Martele 
  • Staccato 
  • Second Position 
  • Pieces In Various Positions 
  • Scales On One String 
  • Two Octave Scales In All Keys 
  • Three Octave Scales And Arpeggios 
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