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Fedor Violin Method Volume 1

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

 

Learning to play the violin is an excellent way to discover the excitement and beauty of music.  Much has been written about the principles of learning to play the violin as they relate to making the process efficient, and yet pleasant.  For instance, how does one start?

Some maintain that beginning requires prolonged imitation of familiar sounds and melodies without learning any notation. My method stresses the importance of reading music in the early stage of learning.  After learning the basic postures, proper placement of fingers through a few popular children's songs, students start to read with the help of this system, suitable even for children of a very young age.  Just as most children are able to read the alphabet and then read words, sentences and books, they are similarly capable of learning a few notes, and then reading measures, lines and entire pieces.

The knowledge of reading music has many benefits.  For one, the ability to sight read and to play in groups broadens the variety of music available to a student. This knowledge gives them the opportunity to play chamber and symphonic literature and even to select music for themselves.   I am profoundly convinced that the ability to read music has a tremendous impact upon the achievement of rapid progress in the study of the violin.  In this way, instead of just copying music already known by rote, students develop their creativity, analytical thinking, thereby building self-esteem towards their own playing. Furthermore, listening to music is also very important, both by attending concerts and listening to recordings.  The recordings of the pieces  in this Volume are available  for this purpose. (See Recordings) After all, music was meant to be both played and heard, giving pleasure to the listener as well as the performer. All artists have their specific individual qualities.  In order to develop their talent from childhood, they usually need a teacher who recognizes these individual qualities and leads them accordingly in the right direction. Cooperation between the teacher and the parents is helpful mainly for students of a very young age.  By attending lessons with the child the parent  may guide the child at home.  Accordingly, this first volume is also meant to be understood by parents. Finally, practicing is a crucial element of success.  Practicing should not only be regular, but efficient as well.  A very important duty of the teacher is to guide students in the correct procedures for practicing.  Many of these are explained in this violin method.

 

 

INDEX OF PIECES

 

 

Sleep Baby Sleep,  Traditional Song

 

London Bridge, Traditional Song

 

Come to the Sea,  Traditional Song

 

English Folk Song, Traditional Song

 

The Little Nut Tree, Traditional Song

 

Can - Can,  J. Offenbach

 

Chorale,  J.S. Bach

 

Minuet in A Major,  G.F. Handel

 

Chorus,  J.S. Bach

 

Largo,  A. Dvorak

 

Ode to Joy,  L.van Beethoven

 

Auld Lang Syne,  Traditional Song

 

Little Song,  R. Schumann

 

Aria,  J.S. Bach

 

Minuet,  G.P. Telemann

 

Gavotte,  G.P. Telemann

 

Minuet,  J.S. Bach

 

Minuet in G Major,  G.F. Handel

 

Gavotte,  G.F. Handel

 

Le Petit Rien,  F. Couperin

 

Canon,  J. Pachelbel