Violin For Dummies [NOOK Book]

Overview

Take a bow and start playing tunes with this friendly guide!

Whether you're an aspiring classical musician or you just want to fiddle around, Violin For Dummies will have you making music in not time. This interactive book-and-CD-ROM package makes it easy with step-by-step instruction on everything from ...
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Violin For Dummies

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Overview

Take a bow and start playing tunes with this friendly guide!

Whether you're an aspiring classical musician or you just want to fiddle around, Violin For Dummies will have you making music in not time. This interactive book-and-CD-ROM package makes it easy with step-by-step instruction on everything from simple tunes to show-stopping techniques. With coverage of musical styles including classical, country, and jazz, this is the ultimate guide to the violin.

Discover how to:
* Choose the right violin and accessories
* Develop correct violin and bow hold
* Understand the language of music
* Play classical, country, gypsy, and jazz
* Tune, change strings, and perform simple maintenance

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MP3 files of every song and exercise from the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470677131
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 452,422
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: So You’ve Always Wanted to Play the Violin…

  1. Introducing the Violin

Strings and Bows: the Parts of a Violin

How Violins Work

Cracking the Case: Taking the Violin Out and Putting it Away

  1. In Tune with Things

    Tuning the Violin

    Using electronic tuners

    Tuning with the piano

    Dealing With Pegs and Fine Tuners

  2. Holding Up Well

    Understanding the Importance of a Good Violin Hold

    How to Hold Your Violin

    Standing position

    Sitting position

    Reading from a music stand

    Chinrests and Shoulder Rests: Finding a Good Fit

    Fixing Common Problems With the Violin Hold

    Part II: A Sound Start

  3. Take a Bow

    Preparing the Bow

    Tightening the horsehair

    Using rosin on your bow

    Getting a Grip on the Proper Bow Hold

    The famous diva method

    The hidden treasures method

    Setting the Bow on the Strings

    Understanding bowing signs

    Bowing on different strings

    Playing Your First Concert!

    Smooth and Clean: Two Bowing Styles

  4. Getting the Left Hand Right

    Getting in Touch With the Strings

    The Number System: Making Your Fingers Count

    Knowing which finger to use

    Putting Your Fingers on the Right Spots

    Step and Touch: How Semitones Work

  5. All Together Now

    Hands Together

    Bowing and fingering at the same time

    Exercising your co-ordination

    Making Music (without Actually Reading Any!)

    Using our handy charts

    Keeping an eye on the chart and your playing!

    The Top of the Charts: 4 Simple Songs

    Part III: Reading Music on the Violin

  6. 5 Lines Translated Onto 4 Strings

    What All Those Blobs Mean

    All Good Boys Deserve Fun –And So Do Girls!

    Charting Your Way With the Fingers On

    The Key To Key Signatures

  7. We’re Counting On You - Guide to Rhythm

    One Beat at a Time: Quarter Notes

    Raising the Bar

    Take Note: Other Common Notes

    Adding Dots (No Need to Cross the T’s!)

  8. Getting Ticked Off – A Guide to Metre

    Counting in 4s

    Counting in 3s

    Everything Else Can Be Done From 4s and 3s!

    Part IV: Musicianship and Harmony

  9. Scaling the Heights

    Climbing up and down

    Marching through the Major Scales

    Casting Light on those Minor Scales

    Harping On about Arpeggios

  10. The Keys to Knowledge

A Major And Its Finger Pattern

C Major And Its Finger Pattern

The Last 2 Finger Patterns You’ll Really Need!

12. Better Together: Harmony

In the Big Leagues: Major Chords

Digging For Minor Chords

Meet the Bossy Chords: Dominant 7ths

Part V: Taking it up a Notch; Techniques and Styles

  1. Fancy Bows

    Two Notes (or more) with One Stroke: Legato

    Getting up to Speed and Dividing the Bow

    Shaping the Sounds: Crescendo and Diminuendo

    Mais Oui, Maestro: Taking on Accents

  2. Putting Your Finger on It

    Two Notes Are Better Than One: Easy Double Stops

    Sliding into Shifts and Gaining an Advantageous Position

    All Aquiver: Vibrato

  3. Reeling Through the Years: A Quick Tour of Violin Styles

    Fiddling Around

    All That Jazz

    Join the Caravan: Gypsy Violin

    Part VI: Getting into Gear, Staying in Gear

  4. Finding the Right Instrument For You

    What Makes a Good Violin

    Where to Begin Your Search

    Deciding Whether to Buy or Rent Your Violin

    Getting Plugged into Electric and Electronic Violins

  5. Instrument care and Maintenance

    Changing Strings

    Upgrading Your Case

    Changing Chinrests

    Useful Accessories

    Cleaning the Violin

    Rehairing the Bow

    Part VII: The Part of Tens

  6. Ten Performers and Their Recordings
  7. Ten Ways to Go Beyond This Book

20. Finding a Teacher: Ten Tips

 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Not funny.

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Violin

    Im already a violin expert. This is not help to people who teach themselves how to play.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

    Didn't Like it At All

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Ugh......

    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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