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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
It's a student's book, not a teach yourself.
on 3 February 2012
I bought this book as well, for the purposes of teaching myself violin, and was told this book was good. I too was a bit confused by a lot of the terminology and the reason is the teacher doesn't come bundled with it.
So, a very important note. This book is a STUDENTS book to teach ALONGSIDE lessons, and for that, it's great. There's a lot of stuff that this book doesn't go into much because it's what a teacher would go through the pupil with. Parents, don't discredit it because you don't understand it. As a musician myself, you're going to struggle to learn nearly as well with this book trying to teach yourself. To learn at home, you're better off looking for books that come with DVDs or CDs and reading up the reviews..
The reason I give this three stars is that none of this is actually explained anywhere, it's marketed and sold as a book for beginners. Musical theory isn't explained particularly well, nor is the sheet music you're learning from. Some of the images given to describe certain things are wrong as well. There are a lot of various pieces of music to learn in this book though and if you're getting lessons, the theory element and how to read music will be explained to you (or your children). Ideally, purchase this book alongside a music theory book to cover the gaps.
In summary, it's a good book to buy the kids with their first violin when you're buying them lessons as well, but expect the violin to end up on ebay within a month if you think they'll learn anything on their own from it, and if it's for yourself, again, either get lessons or get a book/dvd/audio combo that will give a more in-depth learning experience.