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Early Start on the Violin, Volume 1

A violin method for children aged four and older

By Egon Sassmannshaus, Kurt Sassmannshaus

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A violin method for children aged four and older. Composed by Egon Sassmannshaus, Kurt Sassmannshaus. Stapled. Barenreiter's Sassmannshaus. With a Spanish text supplement. Instructional. Performance score. 64/11 pages. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA09664. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA09664).

Item Number: BA.BA09664

ISBN 9790006541478. 30 x 23 cm inches. Text Language: English/Spanish. Illustrations: Charlotte Panowsky.

This edition consists of the English volume BA 9676 and an insert which includes translations of all text parts into Spanish.

After beginning with open strings and simple note values, learners become acquainted with the 'cuckoo call' (minor 3rd) as a basic interval for guidance purposes and for mastering good intonation. Volume 1 makes use of nursery rhymes, all of which are supplied with words to ensure that the melody lines can be easily grasped as a whole. All the fingers are introduced in succession, as well as simple accidentals and note values from whole note (semibreve) to eighth note (quaver). From the very beginning the volume places a special emphasis on reading musical notation and offers training in moving from one string to another and basic bowing strokes. Large print and delightful colour illustrations make the volume especially appealing to children. Enclosed is a sheet of cut-out musical cards that allow young learners to invent many puzzle and guessing games and later to master scales and pitch names.

To accompany this volume we recommend Volume 1 of the"Violin Recital Album"(BA 9668) edited by Kurt and Christoph Sassmannshaus and Melissa Lusk. It contains 20 recital pieces in first position with piano accompaniment and an optional second violin part, allowing young players to display their progress in recitals."Spielbuch fur Streicher"('Recital Pieces for String Ensemble', BA 9698) and"Weihnachtsspielbuch"('Christmas Pieces for String Ensemble', BA 9699), both edited by Egon Sassmannshaus, give even the youngest learners an opportunity to try their hand at string ensemble playing.

The authors
In 1976 Egon Sassmannshaus, one of the most experienced and renowned violin teachers in Germany, published his tutor"Fruher Anfang auf der Geige". This standard work for young string players quickly became the most popular and best-selling tutor in the German-speaking countries for beginners on the violin. His son Kurt Sassmannshaus functioned as co-editor of the English-language edition,"Early Start on the Violin"(BA 9676, BA 9677, BA 9678, BA 9679), adapting his father's successful tutor to meet the needs and requirements of English-speaking children.

The combined knowledge and experience of both father and son make these four volumes the most thoroughly researched and thought-through violin tutor for beginners all over the world.

Editions in other languages
German: BA 9671
English: BA 9676
French/English: BA 9666

En su version original alemana, el tan apreciado metodo para violin"Fruher Anfang auf der Violine"de Egon Sassmannshaus, publicado por Barenreiter,
lleva teniendo desde hace varios anos una muy buena aceptacion en Espana. El lanzamiento por parte de nuestra editorial de una edicion en lengua inglesa en el verano del 2008 supuso de nuevo el aumento de su difusion.

Se acaban de publicar dos cuadernos de texto suplementarios en castellano que se adjuntan a los tomos uno y dos de la edicion en lengua inglesa. La traduccion hace mas atractivo el uso de este apreciado metodo a profesores y a alumnos. Los cuadernos suplementarios no han encarecido el precio de la edicion.

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.

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