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Violin Star 1, Student's book, with CD (Violin Star (ABRSM)) [Paperback]

Christopher Norton , John Maul , Stuart Briner , Frank Mizen , Edward Huws Jones
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7 July 2011 Violin Star (ABRSM)
Violin Star is a three-book series offering beginner violinists a refreshing and inspirational choice of pieces to help build confidence and musical skills. The repertoire is imaginatively tailored to develop specific techniques through an exciting range of musical styles. This Student's book contains the solo violin parts, along with colourful illustrations, activities and a playalong CD. The Accompaniment book, available separately, includes piano and violin accompaniments for every piece. Key features of the series include: an approachable progression from beginner level to Grade 2; playalong CDs with each Student's book, which contain specially created instrumental arrangements to convey style and mood; and original compositions and arrangements by Edward Huws Jones.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860968996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860968990
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Violin Star combines simple steps for learning with good fun.Throughout there are amusing, even topical,illustrations by Mark Beech.For every piece there are two colourful CD tracks, one with violin and one without.Huws Jones takes care not to allow any additional technical challenges to creep in too soon.Hardly any technical information is written out and explained,giving the teacher the opportunity to support the learning in whichever way is appropriate.The accompaniments deserve special mention,Huws Jones has reproduced the formula that works so well for his folk and world music collections; as well as a piano part, each piece comes with a violin part for the teacher which creates a satisfying accompaniment, giving the student an impressive idea of what the violin can do.They are so well planned and each new technical and music element is so carefully integrated,it is hard to see any reason to look elsewhere.In short, this series is set to become a classic. (Music Teacher)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be warned - not for complete beginners! 2 Oct 2013
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My daughter is about to embark on Violin lessons at school and is chomping at the bit to get started. So I thought I'd buy her beginner book, that we could go through together at home, to harness the enthusiasm! I had a look at the reviews for beginner books on Amazon and I chose this one because the reviews were so good. The book looks great BUT there is no teaching whatsoever of how to play the violin. No diagrams on how to hold your violin or where to put your fingers, or even what the strings are called! I thought it might be helpful for people to know that, so they don't make the same mistake as I did. Although the book is not what I expected, I am going to keep if for future. To Amazon: Maybe if I had been able to have a 'peek' inside the book, I would've realised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic new approach 14 Oct 2011
I love this violin tutor. The progress is nice and steady so the student will feel really confident in each new lesson. The pieces are fun and catchy even at the very beginning. The accompanying CD makes practice enjoyable and even painless for the rest of the family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 28 April 2012
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Such a great book for adult or child! I am an adult learner and found the book and CD very helpful - as well as all the very pretty illustrations.. The CD is good quality with an actual violin playing the piece and also a separate backing track without the violin. This is ideal so you can train your ear quickly. The pieces have a good variation of well known pieces and other written.

I couldnt fault it. Though, more would be good.

A must buy for beginners of any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Beginner Book on the market 4 Sep 2014
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I am a Violin Teacher and have used this book for the last 3 years with Beginner pupils from school Year 3 to Year 7. Even the open string tunes sound good with the accompaniment. The children love it and often ask to go back weeks or months later and play their favourite tunes. Logical progression onto Violin Star 2 which immediately introduces low 2nd fingers (by which time pupils are approaching Grade 1 level). The CD also makes it fun to practise at home. Separate piano accompaniment and violin accompaniment also available (useful if you don't have a piano where you are teaching).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids 15 July 2014
By David
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Helped my son loads
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 19 Jun 2014
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This is the book my childs violin teacher asked her to get . I ordered it on the firday and was delivered on the sat very impressed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Violin Star 1, Student's book with CD 6 Mar 2014
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Good starter pack with easily understood notation.
Just right for 8-9 year olds level of understanding.
Feel this could be improved with correct stance, violin and bow holding sketches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Violin Star 1 3 Mar 2014
By Peapod
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Book ordered with little time to spare before it was needed. It arrived next day first thing in the morning. Super service!
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