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Early Start on the Violin, Volume 2

A violin method for children

By Egon Saßmannshaus

A violin method for children. Composed by Egon Saßmannshaus and Kurt Sassmannshaus. Stapled. Barenreiter's Sassmannshaus. Instructional. Method book. With Text language: English. 64 pages. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA09677. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA09677).

Item Number: BA.BA09677

ISBN 9790006536412. 30 x 23 cm inches. Language: English. Illustrations: Charlotte Panowsky.

Original German title: Fruher Anfang auf der Geige - Band 2; Eine Violinschule fur Kinder. The second volume already presents classical violin 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 more...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 
  • Up the Ladder 
  • Bought Me a Cat 
  • All the Little Hamsters 
  • Triads in C major, G major and D major 
  • Pit A Pat Rain 
  • Pat-A-Cake 
  • Tower Song 
  • Songs with the New Finger Pattern 
  • Bye, Baby Bunting 
  • Song of the Nightingale 
  • That's One HOT Potato 
  • Exercise 
  • Spielstuck 
  • Children's Song 
  • Ancient Dance 
  • Are You Sleeping? (Frere Jacques) 
  • The Dotted Quarter Notet 
  • Canon 
  • Five German Folk Tunes: Waltz I 
  • Five German Folk Tunes: Waltz II 
  • Five German Folk Tunes: Traditional 
  • Five German Folk Tunes: Birds Announcing The Spring 
  • The Second Finger Changes Between High and Low Positions 
  • Summer Song 
  • Spring Has Arrived 
  • Returning Home 
  • A Fiddler in the Circus 
  • The States Song 
  • Hunter's Minuet 
  • Folk Dance 
  • Gallop  Performed by Karl Gottlieb Hering
  • Happy Birthday To You  Performed by Patty S. Hill/Mildred Hill
  • Sur Le Pont D'Avignon  Performed by French Children's Song
  • Cotillon  Performed by Esprit Philippe Chedeville
  • Dance (Gavotte)  Performed by Esprit Philippe Chedeville
  • Minuet  Performed by Esprit Philippe Chedeville
  • Gavotte  Performed by George Frideric Handel
  • Rigaudon  Performed by Esprit Philippe Chedeville
  • The First Finger is the Lowest Note of the Chord 
  • Bought Me a Dog 
  • Folk Song 
  • Triads in E major, A major and B major 
  • Ode to Joy  Performed by Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Exercises with the New Finger Pattern 
  • Old MacDonald 
  • Lightly Row 
  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody 
  • Winter Song 
  • Rocky Mountain High 
  • Good Night Noisy Cricket 
  • Fast Eighth Notes 
  • The Hippo Song 
  • Down at the Station 
  • Changing Between High and Low Finger Positions 
  • Bear Dance 
  • The Three Finger Patterns 
  • Playing in Different Positions with the Three Patterns 
  • Double Stops 
  • The Second Finger is the Tonic 
  • Folk Tune 
  • Triads in F major, B-flat major and C major 
  • Little Peter Rabbit  
  • German Folk Song 
  • Horn Call with Echo 
  • Cuckoo 
  • Children's Dance 
  • Allegretto  Performed by After Bartolomeo Campagnoli
  • Allons, bergers  Performed by French Christmas Carol
  • Sixteenth Notes 
  • Tenderly 
  • Lively 
  • Good Night Noisy Cricket! 
  • Allegro  Performed by England, 18th Century
  • The First Finger Changes Between High and Low Positions 
  • Sarabande  Performed by From A Collection Of Lute Music
  • Molto Allegro  Performed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • From A Contredanse  Performed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Two Pieces From An Historical Collection 
  • C major Notes in First Position 
  • Exercises and Pieces in C major 
  • Notes on the D and G strings, from Louis Spohr's violin method  Performed by Louis Spohr
  • Notes on the A and E strings, from Louis Spohr's violin method  Performed by Louis Spohr
  • A Little Exercise 
  • [Untitled] from Hubert Ries' violin method  Performed by Hubert Ries
  • Two Scale Studies, from Hubert Ries' violin method  Performed by Hubert Ries
  • Dance 
  • Allemande 
  • Andantino, from Beriot's violin method  Performed by Charles-Auguste De Beriot
  • Trumpet Piece  Performed by Leopold Mozart
  • Allegretto, from Louis Spohr's violin method  Performed by Louis Spohr
  • [Untitled]  Performed by Hubert Ries
  • Major and Minor Scales and Arpeggios Across Four Strings 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Difficulty Level:
  • June 16, 2016 Prompt Delivery and Product well protected

    The product was protected by a hard card board and plastic!

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  • 5

    Gloucester, va.
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  • March 31, 2012 Sassmanshaus

    This series is the best on the market for starting any age. It does not intimidate anyone and keeps the student with a pleasant attitude toward learning.

    16 of 33 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Seattle, WA
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • May 19, 2011 Sassmannshaus Tradition, vol. 2

    My daughter has been playing for 3 years, but just started learning how to read music in the last couple of months. The pieces in this book are short and wonderful, with the added bonus of being duets, which adds to the fun. I would highly recommend this book.

    29 of 57 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Davie, FL
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • March 30, 2009 Early users

    Good for young violin beginners. My daughter is 6 and had been playing for almost a year. This book is just enough of a challenge for her.

    40 of 90 people found this review helpful.
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