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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Revised edition edition (25 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118273591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118273593
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

The fast and fun way to learn violin!

Throughout the world, the violin is one of the most popular choices of instrument for budding musicians, even though it has a reputation for being difficult to learn. Now learning the violin has just become a lot easier: Violin For Dummies, Second Edition is packed with the information you need to learn the art of playing 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 which includes an accompanying CD filled with audio and video samples and tutorials you have everything you need to get started.

  • Get to know your violin figure out how to tune and hold your violin

  • Grasp the challenges of a proper bow hold discover different approaches to holding your bow

  • Learn to express yourself with different bow strokes see how using different bow lengths affects sound

  • Explore musical notation become familiar with reading music, playing scales, and recognizing key signatures

  • Expand your repertoire investigate different styles such as classical, country, gypsy, and jazz

  • Change positions hit a high note by following the exercises for playing in first, second, third, and fourth positions

  • Find your musical match get to know which violin and bow are right for you

Bonus CD Includes

MP3 files of every song and exercise from the book, plus video clips demonstrating techniques to help you take a bow and play!

Open the book and find:

  • How to choose the right violin and accessories

  • The right way to hold your violin

  • The nuances of musical notations

  • How to tune your violin

  • Why you need to clean your strings

  • How to play double stops

  • The best way to try pizzicato

  • Where to find a tutor or teacher

  • Audio and video examples on the CD–ROM

Learn to:

  • Hold, tune, and play your violin

  • Understand musical notation, rhythm, and harmony

  • Play popular classical, jazz, gypsy, and fiddle tunes

Audio and video samples and tutorials on the companion CD

About the Author

Katharine Rapoport is a violinist and violist, who teaches at the University of Toronto and at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has more than 30 years of professional experience, including solo, chamber, and orchestral performance in Canada, the United States, and throughout Europe.


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