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This book is too simple for an adult learner. Also, as an independent student there was no on-line support available as stated in the product description. (It seems to only work when your school is registered.) This book is best for children enrolled in school music programs.
Decent enough. but assumes you have a teacher with you. (and proves it too with phrases like - dont put the bow to your violin untill your teacher tells you to) So smaller mistakes will go unanswered, if your a true self study. get another course.
I am an adult trying to teach myself how to play violin, as it is something I have always wanted to do, but I was never allowed to take lessons as a kid. So I bought this book hoping it would be a good place to start... but it is definitely written for children in a classroom setting. I was hoping for more how-to's, but most of that is relegated to side notes of "have your teacher show you..." but fortunately, there is Youtube, so I can deal with that. And that being said, it seems to have a decent selection of beginner scales and compositions to practice, the only thing disappointing there, is that for the first few pages they label all the notes (ie G, F#, A, etc) which is incredibly helpful for someone who hasn't attempted to read music ever, or at least in a long time, but this stops within the first few pages -- which is frustrating as it would be nice to have more practice getting the hang of the notes before having that little extra bit of aid dropped. It is also a very thin book... in the age of the internet, I kind of expected a bit more to make it worth the money vs simply printing all the information offline, which is absolutely the route I would have gone if I had easy access to a printer. So all things considered, this just gets a solid "okay" from me.
Like several others I am trying to teach myself to play the violin from this book and it constantly references a CD that has a track you are supposed to listen to and the book doesn't have that CD with it and the website the book lets you make an account on does have the tracks but they are buried in an odd place on the website (the "Music Studio" button), the main part of the website looks unfinished.
Not great for self teaching, descriptions of exercises and how-to's are very brief. Actual explanation is left to a teacher. Still okay as a collection of practice music. There is sample audio of all of the music in the book, but the studio mixer decided that every other instrument should be 10 times louder than the violin, so it's impossible to check your intonation by listening along to these samples while playing. So basically the audio is worthless.
This teaching book contains all of the standard beginner information, and may be fine for those just starting, especially children. However, the entire presentation of the book is bland; from the plain 2 color presentation, to the seeminly uninspired presentation of information.
In other words, it offers little towards offering the extras that keep a self teaching student motivated and wanting to turn to the next page.
I'm sure this book will teach you to play violin, but it certainly doesn't seem to be worthy of a 5 star rating. At least it wasn't that expensive, and does come with a CD, which is good.
Access to Essential Elements Interactive (EEi) is not available unless you are a student, your Music teacher must first create an account for the students before your Student Activation Code will work.
Good service! // I have been using this book for several years, but I really do not like it. First, it is so boring and then you have to hunt for the scales, which are Essential Elements, dah! Be expected to mark them. Then, I hate the tunes that are used, the children find them very dull and boring, so you have to supplement with some 'cool' tunes, like "Mary Had A Little Lamb"; "Happy Birthday", "Row, Row Your Boat", and more. If there was a book out there that I really was happy with, I would change, but these are what is being used in the school system and the children recognize and accept them. Also, for a first book, they don't have enough pictures or diagrams of holding the bow, how to stand, etc. I, also, teach country; bluegrass and celtic, and have found that Craig Duncan's - Deluxe Fiddling Method, by Mel Bay to be excellent. Good pictures, good instruction on tuning and a super kick off of Boil'um Cabbage Down! Haven't tried Mark O'Conner's teaching series, but I'm thinking of trying it. I try to get my students to want to play the violin/fiddle, but with Essential Elements, it is soooo boring! Sorry... I'll still use it, because that's what the school system uses and that's about it.