Violin For Dummies, Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction

Violin For Dummies, Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction

by Katharine Rapoport

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Violin For Dummies, Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction by Katharine Rapoport

The beginner's guide to learning the violin — for anymusical style

Violin For Dummies helps you teach yourself to play theviolin, even if you've never read a note of music. From choosingthe right violin for you to playing a variety of musical styles,this book has you covered. You'll start with the basics of postureand bowing technique, learn how to tune your instrument and keep itin beautiful condition with regular maintenance. You'll learn howto read — and feel — the music, and how to inject yourown personality into whatever you play. Before you know it, you'llbe playing classical, jazz, country, and more, as you become a bonafide violin player. The included audio and video instructionencourages 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 humanvoice have made it popular across cultures and throughout time.This book shows you how to teach yourself the basics so you canstart 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 thereality is that it's difficult to master. Anyone can learn,and practice over time will refine your technique and your musicalstyle. You'll have fun, make music, and maybe even fall in lovewith this instrument that has inspired some of the world's bestmusicians and composers. Get started today, the easy way, withViolin For Dummies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119022909
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/23/2015
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 144,795
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Katharine Rapoport is an accomplished violinist and violist who teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at the University of Toronto. She has a broad range of professional freelance experience, including solo, chamber, and orchestral performance in Canada, the United States, and throughout Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: So You Want to Play the Violin 5

Chapter 1: Introducing the Violin 7

Chapter 2: Getting Started with the Violin 15

Chapter 3: Holding Up Well 37

Part II: Getting Started: The Basics 51

Chapter 4: Taking a Bow 53

Chapter 5: Getting the Left Hand Right 69

Chapter 6: All Together Now 87

Part III: Reading Music for the Violin 105

Chapter 7: Translating Five Lines onto Four Strings 107

Chapter 8: Making Rhythm Count 125

Chapter 9: Measuring Up: A Guide to Meter 139

Part IV: Musicianship and Harmony 161

Chapter 10: Weighing In on Scales 163

Chapter 11: Cracking Key Signatures 187

Chapter 12: Making Sweet Music Together: Harmony 195

Part V: Taking It Up a Notch: Techniques and Styles 205

Chapter 13: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Bowing 207

Chapter 14: Putting Your Finger on It 239

Chapter 15: Playing with Style 283

Part VI: Getting into Gear, Staying in Gear 307

Chapter 16: Finding the Right Violin and Bow for You 309

Chapter 17: Protecting Your Assets: Violin Care and Maintenance 329

Part VII: The Part of Tens 355

Chapter 18: Ten Top Performers — and Their Recordings 357

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Go Beyond This Book 363

Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Tips on Finding a Teacher 373

Appendix: Audio Tracks and Video Clips 383

Index 393

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