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I played classical violin growing up, but never fiddle. I know my way around the violin and I can read music. I was hoping for a book that would show fiddling techniques and songs. And while this book does this to an extent, it started at the very beginning - ie, here is the E string, here's where you put your 1 finger, etc. I was hoping for something that might have included all that, but would get into double stops and more advanced techniques.
the book should have been mailed in cardboard, not in a soft bubble envelope. The Post Office curled the book to fit it into my mail box, and in so doing, broke the CD that was included in the book. If the book had been mailed with cardboard stiffeners or in a box this would not have happened.
The book itself is fine, great. But without the CD to help me learn, it is a big disappointment.
This is a very basic beginners book. Get ABCs of Violin books 1 & 2 to go with it. Then if Fiddling is your thing, get Mel Bays Kids Fiddle too. The ABCs of Violin books with CD and DVD will be a lot more help for learning to play, but all the other information, stories and pictures in this book (Old-Time Fiddle for the Complete Ignoramus) still makes it worth buying. The easy to play collection of fiddle tunes in Kid Fiddle, from Mel Bay will give you a pile of neat fiddle tunes to keep you busy untill your skills are honed.
I liked it. Good information about the violin including the different parts and care of it but it didnt have much explaination on how to read the notes or hand positioning. Overall the book is good for anyone who has an idea of how to play a violin.
Not a bad little tome, but a little light on the actual instruction. This book seems more focused on inspiration than actual teaching for beginners. I got a little bit out of it, but that's really all I can say. Nothing about chording, etc., which I expected from a decently rounded beginners' book.
I like the spiral bound format. It lays flat when you need it, as you're not battling a traditionally spined book. I'll add it to my library, but I don't expect to get much out of it past the first week.
This is an interesting book. The old time pictures are really neat. My daughter was confused by the music. The music is for just a portion a song. We need to spend some more time trying to figure out the songs but I would not recommend for a beginner. I do enjoy the photographs and stories.
complete Ignoramus? well, this compilation assumes you already know something about sawin' a fiddle and goes from there. Admittedly, some of the play-along tunes are elementary enough to make a beginner feel good about themselves, but I wouldn't necessarily promote this as a novice publication as it doesn't go over the very basic notes, etc