A violin school for beginner.
Sassmannshaus, Egon;Sassmannshaus, Kurt
Barenreiter's Sassmannshaus - The Sassmannshaus Tradition. Early Start on the Violin, Volume 1
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Note Values And Symbols,
The 'Cuckoo's Third' With The Second Finger,
The Fourth Finger,
The First Finger
String Crossing And Fingering On Different Strings,
The Third Finger,
Scales On Two Strings,
More Exercises, Songs And Stroke Patterns,
New Stroke Patterns,
In contrast to other beginner violin methods, The Sassmannshaus Tradition progresses swiftly by introducing advanced violin techniques in rudimentary form, such as shifting and varied bow strokes. Note reading is emphasized from the first lesson. Children are brought up to become proficient sight-readers and play in chamber music ensembles as early as possible.
The child-friendly and age-appropriate text underlying the music enables children to perceive melodies as a whole and to understand their singable qualities. Songs and scales in different positions are easily explained and mastered within the first year. This is an important advantage over methods that confine children to the first position for many years.
The method is suitable for single instruction as well as for group and class lessons and each volume contains comprehensive material and carefully calibrated learning curves. They keep children curious and interested for many months and years.
Note reading is introduced from the beginning, and accidentals are explained in the easiest way in this first volume. By the end, many English children's songs - using all fingers - 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 Portato Stroke.
The second volume presents classical violin duets. The children's knowledge and technique is expanded by dotted rhythms, sixteenths notes, and first double stops. And here is the most revolutionary aspect of the method: different finger 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 first year of playing! With this skill, songs learned in first 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.
The third volume in this terrific tutor series emphasizes duet playing in a great variety of keys and rhythms and musical styles. Different finger patterns and strokes are thoroughly practiced.
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.
What makes this cello method so unique?
- The leading German cello method now available in English.
- Large print notes and texts as well as many colourful illustrations are ideal for pre-school as well as school children.
- Note reading is emphasised from the first lesson, encouraging ensemble playing from the very beginning.
- Songs and scales in different positions are easily mastered within the first year of playing to ensure that children are not confined to first position playing.
- Advanced cello techniques such as varied bow strokes and shifting are introduced in a basic form
“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 long awaited Sassmannshaus method “Early Start on the Double Bass” is now here. At last students of the largest instrument in the string family can make use of this tried and tested method for beginners, developed by Egon Sassmannshaus for the other string instruments and applied here to the double bass by Holger Sassmannshaus and J. Peter Close. This method will meet the needs of the growing number of young bass students.
“Early Start on the Double Bass” encompasses everything that one would expect from a Sassmannshaus method: an easy start, progression at a suitable rate, many cross-references to the other string instruments, songs and scales in different positions from early on, as well as many duets. Lively and colourful illustrations by Charlotte Panowsky complete the edition.
For more than three decades “The Sassmannshaus Tradition” has been the household name for excellence in beginner string methods in German-speaking countries. The English editions for violin, viola and violoncello, which were introduced to the international market in 2008, have proven to be very successful, particularly in the United States.
Kids to the Bass!
While children learning other string instruments can start as early as the age of four, the appropriate age to begin the double bass is approximately eight (possibly even six); this allows for a faster progression than on the other string instruments, and the method consists of only three volumes. The first volume will be published separately in an English and a German edition; the following two volumes will have German and English text in each book. Original compositions by Boguslaw Furtok enrich the volumes.
- Based on the tried-and-tested Sassmannshaus methods for violin, viola and cello
- Volume 1: Separate editions in German and English
- Volumes 2 and 3: Bilingual, German/English editions
- Moderate increase in difficulty
- Position playing, duets
- Includes new original compositions by B. Furtok
- Volume 3 with piano accompaniments to 7 pieces
Holger Sassmannshaus is a double bass player with the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker in Mönchengladbach/Krefeld. He also teaches the double bass and performs with several other ensembles.
J. Peter Close is a teacher for violoncello and double bass in Munich