Violin For Dummies

Violin For Dummies

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by Katharine Rapoport
     
 

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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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470677131
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/26/2009
Series:
For Dummies Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
File size:
9 MB

Meet the Author

Katharine Rapoport (Toronto, ON) is a violinist and violist who currently lives and works in Toronto. After graduating with a degree in Music from the University of Cambridge, she completed her postgraduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in Violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She has a very broad range of professional freelance experience including musicals such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Showboat. After moving to Canada, Katharine was appointed to the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto.

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Violin for Dummies 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you sift through unending failed attempts at humor it does the job, but I don't think it's worth the trouble. Already a professional musician, I decided to pick up a new instrument. The instruction is not bad if you manage to extract it from the puns. I would have liked more to play and less to read - you don't get to play for at least 100 pages, and in all my teaching and learning experience you learn most by *doing* not reading. I worked in sheet music for six years and usually recommend the dummy series, but I definetely wouldn't recommend this one. I would opt rather for the idiots guide for fiddle, which has clearer instruction and less crap.
Aremalithia More than 1 year ago
This is a terrible book to learn anything from. I get that it's supposed to be for basics but it really does make the reader feel like an absolute idiot. Also, like many of the other reviews I have read here and elsewhere, the pictures are of the worst quality ever. You can barely tell what they are depicting and the are so unhelpful they might as well not even be there. You'd probably get more help from a drawn picture instead of those terrible ones. The CD-ROM that comes with the book is just as useless. It wouldn't work on my computer. Only one song would play and nothing else. It was atrocious. If you want to learn the violin, don't get this book. Find another one that is more informative and that will offer better CDs or CD-ROMs to help you learn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's really dumb and the sample only actually starts at page 13 while there are 30 pages in the sample.Like earlier posts,it did make me feel like I was being babied and the beginning lingers too much on the main idea.Pick your thesis and get over it!As an advanced viola player,I have worked with violinists and aspiring chelloists.This book is not at all what I was taught or what the beginners in my class were taught.If you are an adult and are mature enough to get past the ignorant,repetitive humour,I WOULD STILL NEVER RECOMEND THIS BOOK TO YOU!At least not for 13 dollars!More like 99 cents!Go buy it at the thrift shop with Macklemore for all I care!Don't buy this book untill it goes on sale.[And scene.]
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Im already a violin expert. This is not help to people who teach themselves how to play.
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