Author(s): Katharine Rapoport
The beginner's guide to learning the violin - for any musical style
Violin For Dummies helps you teach yourself to play the violin, even if you've never read a note of music. From choosing the right violin for you to playing a variety of musical styles, this book has you covered. You'll start with the basics of posture and bowing technique, learn how to tune your instrument and keep it in beautiful condition with regular maintenance. You'll learn how to read - and feel - the music, and how to inject your own personality into whatever you play. Before you know it, you'll be playing classical, jazz, country, and more, as you become a bona fide violin player. The included audio and video instruction encourages 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 human voice have made it popular across cultures and throughout time. This book shows you how to teach yourself the basics so you can start 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 the reality is that it's difficult to master. Anyone can learn, and practice over time will refine your technique and your musical style. You'll have fun, make music, and maybe even fall in love with this instrument that has inspired some of the world's best musicians and composers. Get started today, the easy way, with Violin For Dummies.
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.
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