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String Explorer, Book 1


By Andrew H. Dabczynski

Orchestra Violin
Book 1. Violin. Composed by Andrew H. Dabczynski, Bob Phillips, and Richard Meyer. This edition: Violin. Method/Instruction; SmartMusic; String Orchestra Method/Supplement. String Explorer. Book; Enhanced CD. 48 pages. Alfred Music #00-20601. Published by Alfred Music (AP.20601).

Item Number: AP.20601

ISBN 9780739023105. English.

Alfred and Highland/Etling are taking a brand-new approach to string instruction that promises to grab and hold every student's attention---String Explorer! Join the adventures of Arco Dakota and Rosalyn Le Bow as they guide your students along the path to successful string playing with the most exciting, yet systematic and logically sequenced instruction of its kind. This title is available in SmartMusic.

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  • 4

    Jodi Reid
    Richmond, VA
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  • May 07, 2006 Better than Essential Elements

    I use this method with my beginners of all ages. One advantage is the usage of rhythmic vocabular from the beginning. Pedagogically, this follows the Orff instruction that my elementary students receive. Very early on, students are taught slurring, hooked bowings, and staccato bowings. The advantage is that the students...

    will focus on bow control from the beginning. I would caution the teacher to introduce all new concepts by rote, especially this unit. The disadvantages of this method are few. I teach C- and F-naturals earlier than in the book. This isn't really a problem because I just reteach the first unit with naturals. The worst part of the book is the last few pages. There are much better ways to teach lowered 1st fingers and notes on the E and C strings Supplement this method with an easy note reader (try Stringtunes by Applebaum) followed by easy chamber music (try Beautiful Music for Two String Instruments, Bk. 1, also by Applebaum).

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  • 3

    Indianapolis, IN
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  • October 23, 2005 Not the Best Theories

    This book has great songs and song segmants, but lacks the good teaching skills that beginning insturctional and song books must have. This book goes at a steady pace, not too fast, not too slow, but goes in a very disorganized order. For example, this book teaches you slurs before...

    it teaches you 2/4 time. This said, I think I've came to a conclusion that this book is not the best.

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