For string orchestras with as little as ten weeks of study
All pieces limited to the use of the first three fingers on each string
Limited instrumentation - Violin 2 and Viola the same part, Cello and Bass the same part
Simple rhythms of whole, half and quarter notes. If eighth notes are used they are on the same pitch
If pizzicato is used, there is rest given to give the young players time to retake the bow
Shorter pieces - length is a consideration for very young players for concentration and strength reasons

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The ABCs of Violin
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Book 3 w/ CD
Introduction to 3rd Position

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The third volume of Janice Tucker Rhoda’s ABCs of Violin method addresses third position playing with melodies, warm-up exercises, study pieces, scales and arpeggios. It also includes graphs to show new left-hand finger placement, a note-reading worksheet and practice chart. Spiccato bowing technique, trills and double stops are also introduced in this book. This edition also includes a CD containing MP3 performance tracks with piano accompaniment, piano accompaniment only, and printable PDFs file of all piano accompaniments.


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The ABCs of Cello
for the Intermediate,
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Introduces 2nd Position
Carl Fischer Music

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The second volume of Janice Tucker Rhoda’s ABCs of Cello method focuses on learning second position with melodies, warm-up exercises, study pieces, scales and arpeggios. It also includes graphs to show new left-hand finger placement, a note-reading worksheet and practice chart. As a direct continuation of the ABCs of Cello for the Absolute Beginner, Book 1, students will learn additional slurred bowing techniques and rhythms, as well as new key and time signatures. This edition also includes a CD containing MP3 performance tracks with piano accompaniment, piano accompaniment only, and printable PDFs file of all piano accompaniments.

 

 

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Chopsticks Prism
Doris Gazda

Chopsticks Prism
For the youngest of string players with as little as ten weeks of study, Doris Gazda has given us a delightful setting of the ever-popular classical piece Chopsticks in a theme-as-variation format. This piece uses no more than the first three fingers on all strings and features very easy rhythmic patterns. For extra color, there is a pizzicato section. Parents will love this one!
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Level Primer String Orchestra PAS1 Set $40.00
Duration 2:33 PAS1F Full Score $6.00
Key G Major PAS1P Parts $2.75 contact us
Chronicles
Larry Clark

Chronicles
Chronicles is a bold fanfare piece from popular composer Larry Clark. Its majestic, strong style will make even the youngest of string players sound great. Simple three-part writing and contemporary harmonies make this piece a winner, and every section of the orchestra gets a chance to play some of the important melodic material.
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Level Primer String Orchestra PAS3 Set $40.00
Duration 3:17 PAS3F Full Score $6.00
Key D Major PAS3P Parts $2.75 contact us
Koneko (Kitten)
Keiko Yamada

Koneko
Keiko Yamada uses her experience in writing for young string students to present them with a joyful new piece that depicts the excitement and frivolity of the playful Koneko; “kitten” in Japanese! The rhythms and note selections are simple, but this piece will be fun for your students, as well as the parents in the audience!
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Level Primer String Orchestra PAS4 Set $40.00
Duration 2:53 PAS4F Full Score $6.00
Key D Major PAS4P Parts $2.75 contact us
Lackawanna Locomotive
Doris Gazda

Lackawanna Locomotive
Well-known string pedagogue and composer Doris Gazda has written a stunningly simple piece that sounds much more difficult than it actually is. Lackawanna Locomotive describes a train line chugging through upper Pennsylvania, opening with the sounds of the locomotive train whistle. Simple rhythms, as well as careful note selections, will make this piece a success for very young players.
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Level Primer String Orchestra PAS2 Set $40.00
Duration 1:56 PAS2F Full Score $6.00
Key D Major PAS2P Parts $2.75 contact us
Mythos
Sean O'Loughlin

Mythos
Harkening back to the past, this modal-sounding piece from Sean O'Loughlin will make your students feel like they are playing some serious music! Indeed, the piece is serious in nature; it just happens to be written very appropriately for the youngest of students with limited rhythms and notes. Its mysterious minor tone is well-scored to make your group sound marvelous, as well as make them want to play it over and over.
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Level Primer String Orchestra PAS5 Set $40.00
Duration 2:14 PAS5F Full Score $6.00
Key E minor PAS5P Parts $2.75 contact us
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