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Violin For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Violin For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Katharine Rapoport

ISBN: 978-1-118-37497-9

Jul 2012

432 pages

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The bestselling guide to teaching yourself the violin just got better

Despite being one of the most popular musical instruments for budding musicians, the violin has a reputation as being amongst the most difficult to learn. But no longer. Violin for Dummies is packed with the information you need to learn the art of this beautiful instrument, whether you're looking to get a head start before taking up lessons or are already studying with a tutor but want a little boost. With this book you have everything you need to get started.

Even if you've never read a note of music, this book will have you playing in no time, introducing you to the fundamentals of the violin, from selecting and tuning to understanding rhythm, musical notation, and harmony.

  • Walks you through everything from how to hold your violin to playing popular classical, jazz, gypsy, and fiddle tunes
  • Filled with all-new content, including new music and updated resources
  • Designed for aspiring musicians going it alone, the book can also serve as an invaluable aid for instructors

Fully revised and updated, Violin For Dummies builds on the winning formula that made the original a bestseller, establishing it as the only book the aspiring violinist needs to get started.

CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase

Introduction 1

Part I: So You Want to Play the Violin 7

Chapter 1: Introducing the Violin 9

Chapter 2: Getting Started with the Violin 17

Chapter 3: Holding Up Well 39

Part II: Getting Started: The Basics 53

Chapter 4: Taking a Bow 55

Chapter 5: Getting the Left Hand Right 73

Chapter 6: All Together Now 91

Part III: Reading Music for the Violin 107

Chapter 7: Translating Five Lines onto Four Strings 109

Chapter 8: Making Rhythm Count 127

Chapter 9: Measuring Up: A Guide to Meter 141

Part IV: Musicianship and Harmony 163

Chapter 10: Weighing In on Scales 165

Chapter 11: Cracking Key Signatures 189

Chapter 12: Making Sweet Music Together: Harmony 197

Part V: Taking It Up a Notch: Techniques and Styles 207

Chapter 13: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Bowing  209

Chapter 14: Putting Your Finger on It 241

Chapter 15: Playing with Style 285

Part VI: Getting into Gear, Staying in Gear 309

Chapter 16: Finding the Right Violin and Bow for You 311

Chapter 17: Protecting Your Assets: Violin Care and Maintenance 329

Part VII: The Part of Tens 355

Chapter 18: Ten Performers — and Their Recordings 357

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Go beyond This Book 363

Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Tips on Finding a Teacher 373

Appendix: How to Use the Audio and Video Tracks 383

Index 395