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All for strings is a comprehensive three-volume method surrounded by a wealth of supplementary materials for teaching and performance.This complete curriculum covers virtually every aspect of beginning through intermediate string study, emphasizing technical skills, rhythmic understanding, and quality musical experiences. Many of the National Standards for Music Education can be easily implemented into the classroom setting with the varied components All for Strings has to offer. Book 1 provides a well-rounded course of study for all beginning string students. It begins with \Starting by Rote\ and \Starting by Note\ approaches to music reading. Photos, diagrams, and logos intergrated throughout the book reinforce all new concepts introduced. Carefully selected and composed technical materials and musical selections provide excellent opportunities for learning and growth. Rhythm exercises and theory games are also provided, as well as duets, trios, and ensembles.
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Comments about KJOS All for Strings Book 1 Violin:
This book starts out with a rote section, which focuses on rhythm and uses letters instead of notes on the staff. But you can skip ahead to the note/staff section, too. It starts the student out with easy keys for violin so that they can have the same fingering for each string, which I think is very important for the beginning. By the end of the book the student will be able to play in the keys of C, D, G, and A, with eighth notes and dynamics.
I highly recommend using the Solos and Etudes bk 1 by Frost and Anderson because it has more interesting and longer songs to hold the student's interest. I also recommend the theory book by Frost because it really helps the student understand rhythm, note reading, finger patterns related to different keys, and other important things.
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