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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860968996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860968990
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 0.2 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,784 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dracilla on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Jenkins on 14 Oct. 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. S. Whitlock on 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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By Richard Clarke on 30 April 2015
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A good place to start for anyone of any age interested in learning violin.
I like how the lessons progress by aiming to teach one small new thing at a time, instead of jumping forward and leaving a person confused. There are some nice tunes and backing tracks to play along with on the cd also, instead of just boring exercises.

It doesn't teach any violin technique at all, but since the book starts with just open string playing you can pick up the basics along the way, as easily as I have. It helps if you have a basic understanding of reading music notation, but again, I found it easy enough to figure out when listening to the cd at the same time as looking at the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Christie on 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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By rae20 on 8 Nov. 2014
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My children (7 and 9) have really come on with their violin playing using this book and CD. The accompanying tracks are great and make their playing sound so much better. Playing along with the tracks, rather than sawing the tunes out on their own, means they are learning to listen to music's tempo and rhthym really quickly.
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By pip on 18 Nov. 2012
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My daughter's music teacher told her to get this when she was learning to read music and it is brilliant. Very child friendly, illustrations throughout are great and easy for them to learn how to do it. I received the book early. Definately recommend the book.
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By Karen Nealon on 26 Sept. 2013
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This book was purchased as it is required for my daughter's violin lessons. The price was very reasonable especially as it has a CD with it. I was pleased how quickly we received the order. I will order the next set of books from this company.
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