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Steven Roberts
Hello Violin Lab,

I am somewhat of a beginner at violin (have been playing for about 4 months) and want to buy a book with easy pieces to help me practice. "Marry Had A Little Lamb" and similar songs are too easy for me at this point (I have been involved in music my whole entire life and pick up on learning new instruments fairly fast). I have learned to play "Sad Romance" and "Songs of A Secret Garden," although there is always room for improvement :D. My question is, what book would you recommend me to buy? I have been working on my vibrato since day one (huge thanks to you for your AMAZING vibrato videos) and feel like I am about 75% of the way there. I absolutely LOVE the sound of super high pitches with the violin but I am much more comfortable playing in 1st and 2nd positions. Anyways, thanks for lending us fellow violin players your very knowledgeable practice tips!

Greetings from Montana,
Steven Roberts
3 Responses
Posted: October 3, 2011
Last Comment: October 3, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Posted: October 3, 2011
Hi Steven,

You can start with Suzuki, but there are many, many books with nice pieces to play. I recently ordered all the recently re-published Gaylord Yost books.  Two of the books are method books and are filled with lovely tunes. You have to email Gaylord Yost Jr. at to order the books.  The two books I'm talking about are called:
 Yost Violin Method for Young and Adult Beginners, Vol. 1-3

I also have a slew of beginning/advanced beginning songs that I have made scores for. They are from very old method out- of- print method books, and I'm giving them a face-lift by arranging more "modern" accompaniments.  I haven't posted them yet, because I don't have tutorials made or good audio tracks for practice.  I'll email you what I have though, and you can start working on them. I will be making the accompaniments soon. I finally got my audio software up and running.

Shelly ~ South Carolina
Posted: October 3, 2011
Hi Steve!  Welcome aboard!  This is a great place for beginning to advanced players, even!  You will enjoy it.

Also, I have to agree with Eileen!  The Suzuki books are definitely great to start on.  Even volume 1 has some more difficult pieces towards the end while volume 2 starts you on the other positions with some great little pieces.  I've been enjoying them and after 4 weeks I'm already done with book 1! Looking forward to book 2.  :-)

Posted: October 3, 2011
The Suzuki method books are usually a good place to start Steve...and welcome to V-Lab !

There are differing levels of Suzuki so you could take a look at each and decide which level you'd like to start.   The pieces are pretty challenging for beginners...more so than Mary and her lamb if you're beyond that one and others at that level.  Some editions have CDs with them.

Glad to have you join us Steve !  :-)