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The fourth volume introduces various positions as well as new bowing techniques. These are practiced in increasingly demanding classical duets. From here students can embark on the journey of standard repertoire – Concerti such as Vivaldi, Accolay etc. are now within reach.

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The combined knowledge and experience of father and son make the four volumes of the Sassmannshaus Tradition the most thoroughly researched and thought-through beginner violin method in the world.

        

      

     

 





      





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The original German violin method was ďŹ rst published in 1976. The author Egon Sassmannshaus is one of the most experienced and renowned violin pedagogues in Germany. For the new English edition his son Kurt Sassmannshaus worked as co-author and adapted his father’s successful method for English-speaking children.

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Note reading is introduced from the beginning, and accidentals are explained in the easiest way in the ďŹ rst volume. By the end of the ďŹ rst book, many English children’s songs using all ďŹ ngers have been played and note values from whole to eighth notes have been introduced. Even the easiest exercises are underlaid with text so that melodies can be perceived as a whole.

“The early emphasis on ensemble playing and the many duos in this method are so much fun for the kids. They pick up important chamber music skills right from the beginning!� Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, American String Quartet

The second volume already presents classical violin duets. The child’s knowledge and technique is expanded by dotted rhythms, sixteenths notes, and ďŹ rst double stops. And here is the most revolutionary aspect of the method: different ďŹ nger patterns can be connected and combined to create any major and minor scale without the use of open strings. This creates the ability to practice scales in any position, often within the ďŹ rst year of playing! With this skill, songs learned in ďŹ rst position are easily transposed to other keys and higher position. Coupled with beginning shifting exercises this sets a foundation for an early virtuoso technique not available in any other method.

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For more than three decades the Sassmannshaus Tradition has been the household name for excellence in beginner violin methods in German-speaking countries. More than half a million students have successfully learned to play the violin using this publication.

The best selling violin 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.

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The author Egon Sassmannshaus studied with the eminent German-American violinist Walter Schulze-Priska, who had been a student of Otokar Sevcik, the ďŹ rst truly systematic violin pedagogue. Egon Sassmannshaus’ keen interest in child psychology as applied to the teaching of young children, coupled with an impeccable background in technical violin expertise and pedagogy led him to publishing his violin method “FrĂźher Anfang auf der Geigeâ€? (The Sassmannshaus Tradition) in 1976. This method quickly became the most popular and best selling beginner method for violin teaching in German speaking countries. Egon Sassmannshaus’ own students have excelled to become leading teachers and musicians all over Europe.

  



 














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