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Eh - I know this is the gold standard - but... I am not a huge fan (sorry, I know!!!!) - It's hard to follow, and doesn't have clear instructions throughout the book. For example, they never tell you the names of the open strings! I had to look it up online (E, A, D, G - in case you're wondering!) My daughter is a very visual learner (age 10) - and she is just starting out with violin lessons. Her teacher recommended this book - and so I got it - but it leaves a bit to be desired by both my daughter and me. I ended up buying her some other books (including a book of easy violin Disney songs) - and she was so much happier. This book may be more suited to very young learners who cannot read - as the book is more for the adult teacher who already knows how to play than the student (at least that's how it seems to me).
I got these and Suzuki Violin School: Violin Part, Vol. 1 at the same time. There cheap. So I thumbed through both of them now and I just like the layout of these book a lot more then the other. If your looking to start learn the violin there is a ton of free youtube stuff and free websites but for me nothing beats a hard copy of a book that I can look at.
For me I just started learning about the violin about 6 months ago, I currently 31 years old. I've had no formal training or nothing. So I hit up google first, that's where I find a wonderful youtube violin and piano teacher channel. From there I find the fiddlerman.com webside and so other stuff. Long story short I got my violin and pickup Violin for dummys book. Im still reading it and building on what I learned from the web. But these book does have more to teach with practices and song that are easy to play.
So a good word of advise is if you really want to learn to play its never to late. Good luck on your adventure.
After my girls finished
Essential Elements for Strings: Book 1 with EEi (Violin)
, their teacher recommended this book. But when we got it, the first 1/2 of the book was already far too easy for them. I also didn't like the fact that it doesn't actually teach additional skills, the way the EE books do. They each learned a song from this book for their recital, but "learned" much more from
Essential Elements for Strings - Violin, Book Two: A Comprehensive String Method
. There are a few nice pieces in here, but if I could go back, I'd save some money and buy this used or borrow it from someone.