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Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi)   

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OVERVIEW

Take your band program to the next level!

Essential Elements for Strings Book 1 offers beginning students sound pedagogy and engaging music, all carefully paced to successfully start young players on their musical journey. EE features both familiar songs and specially designed exercises, created and arranged for the classroom in a unison-learning environment, as well as instrument-specific exercises to focus each student on the unique characteristics of their own instrument. EE provides both teachers and students with a wealth of materials to develop total musicianship, even at the beginning stages.

FEATURES
  • Each Book Includes My EE Library
  • Start-up Video: learn the basics
  • Play-along MP3: features professional players on your instrument
  • Duets and Trios: print and play parts with friends
  • Music Listening Library: hear great pieces for orchestra
  • SmartMusic: exercises 1-100
  • Enhanced Starting System
  • Book 1 uses a note-to-note sequence with easy-to-read notation. Students begin with the note names written inside the note heads, and then the names are gradually eliminated.
  • Contemporary pedagogy starts from the "top" of the hand. Violins and violas start with three fingers down, cellos with four. This technique creates better left-hand shape and helps develop proper playing position from the beginning. Teaching the double bass is accomplished without displacing the octave.
  • Optimum Reinforced Learning
  • New material is carefully paced, sequential and immediately reinforced. New notes are approached by step, then gradually played with wider skips and crossing strings. Each new rhythm is introduced as a Rhythm Rap, which can be shadow bowed, then played on an open string, and finally placed in an appropriate melodic setting.
  • The right hand is thoroughly and sequentially developed through a series of seven Bow Builders. Each one defines a specific action required to produce an acceptable bow hand.
  • Pacing
  • Only one new concept is introduced at a time. The pacing encourages student mastery without excessive repetition. You can move from line to line quickly within each class. Students master quarter notes, then move to eighth, half, dotted-half, and whole notes.
  • New concepts are presented in familiar keys and rhythms. These skills are integrated in shaded sections called Skill Builders to combine rhythms, pitches and bowings into comprehensive exercises to develop solid technique.
  • Theory, History, Cross-Curriculum and Creativity
  • It's all right in each student book, correlated with the music and concepts they are currently learning. This is by far the most efficient way to meet the National Standards, integrate other subjects into the music curriculum, and still teach the essentials of music performance.
  • Performance Spotlights
  • A variety of rounds, duets and orchestra arrangements (11) are included. These can be used independently throughout the year, or combined for a pre-planned concert.
  • Additional Features
  • Accurate illustrations help develop proper playing position
  • Listening Skills for each new note for accurate intonation
  • Subdivision introduced from the beginning
  • Assessment for immediate evaluation of students' skills
  • Large, clear Fingering Charts
  • Special page devoted solely to mixing Finger Patterns
  • Solo with piano accompaniment for each instrument

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SPECIFICATIONS

Essential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi)

  • ISBN: 9780634038174
    Width: 9.0"
    Length: 12.0"
    48 pages
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Hal LeonardEssential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi)
 
4.2

(based on 10 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to follow (4)
  • Improves musicianship (3)
  • Improves technique (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Learning to play (5)
  • Improving skills (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible value

I can't tell you what an incredible value this book is. The DVD has great software for practicing and even has a listening library of MP3. The CD songs can be played on a...Read complete review

I can't tell you what an incredible value this book is. The DVD has great software for practicing and even has a listening library of MP3. The CD songs can be played on a standard CD player or slowed down on your PC. I have about 50 guitar/bass/harmonica books and nothing compares to this book. I'm going to look at the other Essential books now.

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No good.

This book sucks. I just bought my first violin and ordered this book with it because of all the good reviews. I regret doing so. The book starts right away with learning how...Read complete review

This book sucks. I just bought my first violin and ordered this book with it because of all the good reviews. I regret doing so. The book starts right away with learning how to play and read notes. It says nothing about setting up your violin, how to hold it (other than a useless drawing), how to string your violin, how to tune it, etc. Rather than giving you the basics themselves, they say things like "Wait quietly while your teacher tunes your violin." instead of actually telling you how to do it yourself. I don't take lessons, so that doesn't apply to me. How-to-play starter books like these should be good enough to let you start to play an instrument on your own, without the help of a teacher, but this one does not. Therefore, I am learning to play this instrument on my own, I don't even use the book. It's a good thing I have prior knowledge about music. If you are just starting out on violin and know nothing about it, I highly suggest looking for another book.

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5.0

Love it

By Momofmusician

from Alabama

About Me Child

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Follow
  • Improves Musicianship
  • Improves Technique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Improving Skills
    • Learning To Play
    • Music Lessons

    Comments about Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi):

    Exactly what my daughter needed love it! Highly recommend

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    4.0

    M daughter loves it

    By Datboywhip

    from Arlington, Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Challenging
    • Easy To Follow
    • Improves Musicianship
    • Improves Technique

    Cons

    • Too Easy

    Best Uses

    • Improving Skills
    • Learning To Play

    Comments about Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi):

    Bought book for daughter's class and she loves it

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    4.0

    Great

    By VerucAssault

    from New Mexico

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Excellent Condition

    Cons

    • Dvd Not Included
    • Shipping Time

    Best Uses

    • Learning To Play

    Comments about Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi):

    Very happy with purchase. The DVD is not with the book. You have to submit the rebate to receive it in the mail or as an ebook.

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    5.0

    Excellent experience! Fast delivery!!!

    By Tamsew7

    from Mooresville, NC

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Easy To Follow

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Learning To Play

      Comments about Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi):

      Great one to start with!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ess Ele..

      By jo

      from So cal

      About Me Experienced

      Comments about Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi):

      PUBLISHERS take notice! Your brass and winds books aren't the same material as your Strings books, so they can't play together. Those of us who have both in the same classroom are writing our own arrangements. ...Hello?

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent beginner violin instruction

      By Angel

      from Virginia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Follow
      • Improves Musicianship
      • Improves Technique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Improving Skills
        • Learning To Play
        • Music Lessons
        • Specific Techniques

        Comments about Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi):

        My son used it as his first instructional material. Excellent resource.

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        No good.

        By Alan P

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi):

        This book sucks. I just bought my first violin and ordered this book with it because of all the good reviews. I regret doing so. The book starts right away with learning how to play and read notes. It says nothing about setting up your violin, how to hold it (other than a useless drawing), how to string your violin, how to tune it, etc. Rather than giving you the basics themselves, they say things like "Wait quietly while your teacher tunes your violin." instead of actually telling you how to do it yourself. I don't take lessons, so that doesn't apply to me. How-to-play starter books like these should be good enough to let you start to play an instrument on your own, without the help of a teacher, but this one does not. Therefore, I am learning to play this instrument on my own, I don't even use the book. It's a good thing I have prior knowledge about music. If you are just starting out on violin and know nothing about it, I highly suggest looking for another book.

        Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

         
        2.0

        DVD doesn't work

        By Mark Van Hise

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi):

        (ditto either of the above)
        The DVD doesn't work. That was disappointing. The lessons in the book seem effective but I've still only just begun.
        I like the book on it's own. But the DVD didn't work

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        awsome

        Comments about Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi):

        last year i went to a violin class and this was our book it was the best violin book i've ever learned from if you get this violin book you will get more education than you would with a diffrent violin book.

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        5.0

        Incredible value

        By SchecterFan47

        from Roanoke, VA

        Comments about Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings - Violin (Book 1 with EEi):

        I can't tell you what an incredible value this book is. The DVD has great software for practicing and even has a listening library of MP3. The CD songs can be played on a standard CD player or slowed down on your PC. I have about 50 guitar/bass/harmonica books and nothing compares to this book. I'm going to look at the other Essential books now.

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