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Fun with the Violin

By William Bay

Violin - Beginning
Composed by William Bay. Saddle-stitched, Style, Tunebooks, Solos, Children and Young Beginner. Fun With. Folk. Book. 32 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #93276. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.93276).

Item Number: MB.93276

ISBN 9780871664693. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This is a collection of 47 big-note, level 1 easy solos on old favorites designed to build technique, range, and endurance while maintaining student interest. These familiar folk tunes are fun to play and ideal as a supplement to any method. All of the solos in this text may be played together in ensemble with the Fun With Viola, Fun With Cello, and Fun With String Bass books. Basic information on parts of the violin and tuning is included. The tunes in this book provide an excellent source of practice material for learning note values, articulations, and dynamics. Bowings are included throughout the book.

  • Blow the Man Down 
  • Blue Bells of Scotland 
  • Dixie 
  • Down By The Riverside 
  • Frankie and Johnny 
  • John Henry 
  • Oh! Susanna 
  • Shortnin' Bread 
  • Hail Hail The Gang's All Here 
  • It Takes A Worried Man 
  • Loch Lomond 
  • Michael Row The Boat Ashore 
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home  Performed by Scott Joplin
  • Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes 
  • Greensleeves 
  • She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain 
  • The Eyes Of Texas  Performed by Scott Joplin
  • When The Saints Go Marching In  Performed by Scott Joplin
  • Hatikvoh 
  • Shenandoah 
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 
  • Camptown Races  Performed by Stephen Foster
  • Cape Cod Chanty 
  • Come Back To Torino  Performed by Francesco Carlo Zucco
  • I've Been Working On The Railroad 
  • Streets Of Laredo 
  • The Drunken Sailor 
  • The Entertainer Theme  Performed by Scott Joplin
  • This Train  Performed by Scott Joplin
  • Alouette 
  • Londonderry Air 
  • Gypsy Lament 
  • Battle Hymn Of The Republic  Performed by Julia Ward Howe
  • Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair 
  • Home on the Range 
  • Red River Valley 
  • Santa Lucia 
  • Wayfarin' Stranger  Performed by Scott Joplin
  • Aura Lee 
  • Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home 
  • Cockles And Mussels 
  • My Bonnie 
  • Old Shoe Boots And Leggins 
  • Tom Dooley  Performed by Scott Joplin
  • I Gave My Love A Cherry 
  • Look Down That Lonely Road 
  • The Erie Canal  Performed by Scott Joplin

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  • 5

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  • May 29, 2011 was just what I needed

    I'd never even picked up a violin until this April. I did know how to read music, but everything else about a violin was new. I had heard most of these songs somewhere before, so this book was really what I needed to "make some music".

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  • 5

    S. Stitely
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  • March 20, 2007 Accessible songs for young players

    This book is filled with familiar tunes that students enjoy playing. Excellent choice to use in addition to a violin method. Best of all, each song has many opportunities to reinforce basic skills, including articulation, bowings, dynamics, and rhythm.

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  • 5

    Sandra Dahl
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  • March 07, 2007 Just right music for young violinists!

    It's really difficult to find tuneful music for beginning violin students. By late winter I want to give them a break from the short exercises found in typical string methods. Many of these melodies are familiar and in the comfortable key signatures for beginners. You will perhaps need to...

    teach syncopation and other rhythms specifically for these melodies. Material would be good for concert use.

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