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Early Start on the Viola, Volume 4

A viola method for children

By Egon Sassmannshaus, Kurt Sassmannshaus

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A viola method for children. Composed by Egon Sassmannshaus, Kurt Sassmannshaus. Stapled. Barenreiter's Sassmannshaus. Instructional. Performance score. 72 pages. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA09689. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA09689).

Item Number: BA.BA09689

ISBN 9790006539314. 30 x 23 cm inches. Text Language: English. Illustrations: Charlotte Panowsky.

Volume 4 expands playing in upper positions, introduces new bowing techniques, and trains the latter by means of scales in every key and increasingly demanding classical duets. Three-note chords, harmonics and further ornaments (lower mordents, grace notes, gruppettos) advance the young violist's playing technique.

By now students will have attained a level of technique and interpretation that allows them to venture into the concert literature while they study Volume 4. Violin concertos by Rieding and Seitz, arranged for viola, are found in Barenreiter's Concert Pieces, a series edited by Kurt Sassmannshaus that proves an ideal continuation of the Sassmannshaus tutors. Students can also play the original compositions and arrangements in the collection"Concert Pieces for Viola and Piano"(BA 9697), which form a bridge to the viola's standard concert repertoire.

The authors
In 1976 Egon Sassmannshaus, one of the most experienced and renowned violin teachers in Germany, published his tutor"Fruher Anfang auf der Bratsche". This standard work for young string players quickly became the most popular and best-selling tutor in the German-speaking countries for beginners on the viola. His son Kurt Sassmannshaus functioned as co-editor of the English-language edition,"Early Start on the Viola"(BA 9686, BA 9687, BA 9688, BA 9689), adapting his father's successful tutor to meet the needs and requirements of English-speaking children.

The combined knowledge and experience of both father and son make these four volumes the most thoroughly researched and thought-through viola tutor for beginners all over the world.

About Baerenreiter's Sassmannshaus

Children playfully learn reliable technique at the earliest age. For more than three decades the Sassmannshaus Tradition has been the household name for excellence in beginner methods in German-speaking countries. More than half a million students have successfully learned to play using this publication.

This tried and tested German method is now available in English! The best-selling method that gave generations of European musicians their foundation is now available in English, with content and songs newly adapted for today's English speaking children.

What makes this method so special?

  • The child-friendly and age-appropriate text underlying the music enables children to perceive melodies as a whole and to understand their singable qualities.
  • Songs and scales in different positions are easily explained and mastered within the first year. This is an important advantage over methods that confine children to the first position for many years.
  • Note reading is emphasized from the first lesson - children are brought up to become proficient sight-readers and play in chamber music ensembles as early as possible.
  • In contrast to other beginner methods, The Sassmannshaus Tradition progresses swiftly by introducing advanced techniques in rudimentary form, such as shifting and varied bow strokes.
  • Ensemble playing is encouraged from the very beginning.
  • The method is suitable for single instruction as well as for group and class lessons.
  • The large print notes and text as well as many colorful illustrations are particularly child-friendly and very attractive to pre-school children and school children alike.
  • The substantial volumes contain comprehensive material and carefully calibrated learning curves. They keep children curious and interested for many months and years.

  • Preface 
  • Third Position 
  • Brush Strokes And Spiccato 
  • Major and Minor Scales 
  • Triple Stops (Three Voice Chords) 
  • The Climbing Game 
  • Harmonics 
  • Shifting 
  • Ornaments 
  • Martele 
  • Staccato 
  • Second Position 
  • Pieces In Various Positions 
  • Scales On One String 
  • Two Octave Scales In All Keys 
  • Three Octave Scales And Arpeggios 
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