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Violin For Dummies, Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction, 3rd Edition

Violin For Dummies, Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction, 3rd Edition

Katharine Rapoport

ISBN: 978-1-119-02291-6

Mar 2015

432 pages



The beginner's guide to learning the violin — for any musical style

Violin For Dummies helps you teach yourself to play the violin, even if you've never read a note of music. From choosing the right violin for you to playing a variety of musical styles, this book has you covered. You'll start with the basics of posture and bowing technique, learn how to tune your instrument and keep it in beautiful condition with regular maintenance. You'll learn how to read — and feel — the music, and how to inject your own personality into whatever you play. Before you know it, you'll be playing classical, jazz, country, and more, as you become a bona fide violin player. The included audio and video instruction encourages you to play along as you learn, and allow you to hear, see, and imitate proper technique.

The violin's small size, portability, and mimicry of the human voice have made it popular across cultures and throughout time. This book shows you how to teach yourself the basics so you can start playing quickly.

  • Start with the basics of proper hold and bowing technique
  • Learn how to properly tune and care for your violin
  • Understand the nuances of rhythm and musical notation
  • Play classical, jazz, and other popular styles of music

The violin has a reputation of being difficult to learn, but the reality is that it's difficult to master. Anyone can learn, and practice over time will refine your technique and your musical style. You'll have fun, make music, and maybe even fall in love with this instrument that has inspired some of the world's best musicians and composers. Get started today, the easy way, with Violin For Dummies.

Introduction 1

Part I: So You Want to Play the Violin 5

Chapter 1: Introducing the Violin 7

Chapter 2: Getting Started with the Violin 15

Chapter 3: Holding Up Well 37

Part II: Getting Started: The Basics 51

Chapter 4: Taking a Bow 53

Chapter 5: Getting the Left Hand Right 69

Chapter 6: All Together Now 87

Part III: Reading Music for the Violin 105

Chapter 7: Translating Five Lines onto Four Strings 107

Chapter 8: Making Rhythm Count 125

Chapter 9: Measuring Up: A Guide to Meter 139

Part IV: Musicianship and Harmony 161

Chapter 10: Weighing In on Scales 163

Chapter 11: Cracking Key Signatures 187

Chapter 12: Making Sweet Music Together: Harmony 195

Part V: Taking It Up a Notch: Techniques and Styles 205

Chapter 13: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Bowing 207

Chapter 14: Putting Your Finger on It 239

Chapter 15: Playing with Style 283

Part VI: Getting into Gear, Staying in Gear 307

Chapter 16: Finding the Right Violin and Bow for You 309

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

Part VII: The Part of Tens 355

Chapter 18: Ten Top 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: Audio Tracks and Video Clips 383

Index 393