12 Essential Violin Books for Beginners

Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings
“Essential Elements for Strings” is one of the world’s most popular beginning violin books.  It comes with digital resources including a CD feature a start-up video, play-along tracks with tempo adjustment, a music library, and access to duet and trio sheet music you can print.

The Violin Fun Book for Young Students 
The Violin Fun Book for Young Students is a great beginning violin book. It includes many innovative teaching techniques for elementary age students including: • Extra-large sized notation • Letter names inside the note heads • Limited material per page • Fun, child-centered graphics.  In the world of beginning violin books, this is one of the best.

The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner
This best-selling instruction book features many beginner-level melodies, short warm-up exercises, and study pieces designed to help you improve your violin skills. Other features include a glossary, a note-reading worksheet, a practice chart, simple duets, and scales exercises.

My First Violin Fun Book 
A wonderful first violin book for the very young student featuring extra large notation, letters inside the note heads, fingerings, plus coloring and activity pages. This is one of our favorites for the under seven-year-old-crowd of aspiring violinists!

Violin for Dummies
The accompanying CD includes audio and video clips and tutorials to help you get started. It also features mp3 files of every song and exercise in the book. Violin books should all be as complete as this one.

The Real Book for Beginning Violin Students: Seventy Famous Songs Using Just Six Notes
A book of seventy famous songs for the beginning violin student that uses just six different notes. Easy to read over-sized notation includes two versions of each song – one with letters inside the note-heads and one with regular musical notation. Available in other violin book versions using the D and A strings (D-E-F#-G-A-B), the A and E strings (A-B-C#-D-E-F3) and the G and D strings (G-A-B-C-D-E).

Easy Violin Duets for Beginning and Intermediate Violin Players 
More than thirty easy duets for the first and second year violin student in large notation and a great layout for easy reading.

Alfred Suzuki Violin School
The violin books in this series take violinists from near-beginning stages to a moderately advanced level. The Suzuki Method is based on the principle that all children have the capability to excel at music and that a nurturing environment can help develop and enhance that capability. Whether you’re a young child or well into your adult years, the Suzuki Method is appropriate for harnessing your ability to play the violin.

Rubank Elementary Method for Violin
This is one of the most popular violin books, both for individual instruction and same-instrument groups. It employs an all-encompassing approach to teaching the violin, including scales and arpeggios, articulation and technical studies, solos and duets, and studies for musicianship. Well-known songs make it fun to progress through each section. The book does not come with a CD.The

Intermediate FUNdamental Violin Book 
This is the follow-up book to The Violin Fun Book for Young Students. This second year method book is for elementary beginner/intermediate students. The book includes many innovative teaching techniques for elementary age students including: • Extra-large sized notation • Letter names inside the note heads • Limited material per page • Fun, child-centered graphics

Introducing the Positions for Violin
Classrooms and private studios alike use violin books from this series to help students progress beyond the basics into intermediate and advanced violin playing. The most-used positions are introduced in Volume 1 (third and fifth), followed up by the next most important positions in Volume 2 (second, fourth, sixth and seventh). If you’re eager to hone your skills, this is an irreplaceable component in your training. The book does not come with a CD.

Fiddle Primer
The violin is a well-rounded instrument with the ability to showcase everything from classical to bluegrass. If you’re ready to learn fiddling techniques, “Fiddle Primer” is one of those violin books you can’t be without. It begins with introductory information regarding good bowing techniques and playing in tune. Then it progresses to specific fiddling techniques with recognizable songs, including “You are My Sunshine”, “Old Joe Clark”, “Cripple Creek” and more.

Other Highly Recommended Violin Books

  • Great Masters of the Violin by Boris Schwarz; Fireside Publishing
  • The Violin Hunter by William Alexander Silverman; Paganiniana Publishing
  • The Art of Practicing the Violin by Robert Gerle; J. W. Pepper & Son
  • String Syllabus, ASTA, David A. Littrell, Editor
  • The Musician’s Survival Manual: A Guide to Preventing and Treating Injuries in Instrumentalists, by Richard Norris; International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM)
  • While others slept, by Florence Nightengale?
  • The Amadeus Book of the Violin
  • The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works Phil G. Goulding

 

Recommended Violin Book Study Guides

  • Studying Music History, 2nd ed., David Poultney
  • The Elements of Music, Vol. 1, Ralph Turek
  • The Elements of Music, Vol. 2, Ralph Turek
  • A History of Western Music, Sixth Edition, Donald J. Grout, Claude V. Palisca.
  • Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music: Ancient to Baroque (6-CD set), Donald J. Grout.
  • Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music : Classic to Modern (6-CD set), Donald J. Grout.
  • Study and Listening Guide for Concise History of Western Music and Norton Anthology of Western Music, J. Peter Burkholder.
  • Outlines of Grout History of Wesstern Music
  • Scale-Studies for the Violin (Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics, Volume 842), Johann Hrimaly.
  • Sixty Studies Opus 45, Franz Wohlfahrt.
  • Forty Studies For Violin, Herbert Chang.
  • Daily Scale Exercises for Violin, Herbert Chang.
  • Scale System : Scale Exercises in All Major and Minor Keys for Daily Study, Carl Flesch.
  • Art of Violin Playing: Book One, Carl Flesch. New translation by Eric Rosenblith.
  • Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching, Ivan Galamian.
  • Art of Practicing the Violin: With Useful Hints for All String Players, Robert Gerle.
  • The Art of Bowing Practice/3.3398: The Expressive Bow Technique, Robert Gerle.
  • Orchestral Excerpts, Carolyn Rabson.
  • The History of Violin Playing from Its Origins to 1761 and Its Relationship to the Violin and Violin Music, David D. Boyden.
  • Violin Playing As I Teach It, Leopold Auer.
  • Early Recordings and Musical Style : Changing Tastes in Instrumental Performance, 1900-1950, Robert Philip.
  • String playing in Baroque music, Robert Donington.
  • A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing (Early Music Series, 6), Leopold Mozart.
  • The Great Violinists, Margaret Campbell.
  • Great masters of the violin: From Corelli and Vivaldi to Stern, Zukerman, and Perlman , Boris Schwarz.
  • Violin Virtuosos: From Paganini to the 21st Century, Henry Roth.

My First Violin FUN Book

A great first violin book for the very young student ages four to seven featuring:

• Extra large notation
• Letters inside the note heads
• Fingerings
• Coloring and activity pages
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The Violin Fun Book

The Violin Fun Book for Young Students is a great beginning violin book. It includes many innovative teaching techniques for elementary age students including:
• Extra-large sized notation
• Letter names inside the note heads
• Limited material per page
• Fun, child-centered graphics
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The Intermediate FUNdamental Violin Book

This is the follow-up book to The Violin Fun Book for Young Students. This second year method book is for elementary intermediate students. The book includes many innovative teaching techniques for elementary age students including:
• Extra-large sized notation
• Letter names inside the note heads
• Limited material per page
• Fun, child-centered graphics

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The Orchestra Violin FUN Book

The Orchestra Violin Fun Book is a great second or third year violin book for the advancing elementary or middle school player which includes exercises, solos and duets.

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Easy Violin Duets for Beginning and Intermediate Players

Easy Violin Duets for Beginning and Intermediate Players contains more than thirty easy duets for the first and second year violin student.

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Fifty Famous Classical Themes for Violin

Fifty Famous Classical Themes for Violin contains fifty famous classical themes along with accompaniment chord changes and bowings. A must have book for the advancing violinist.

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Thirty Patriotic Songs for Violin

Thirty Patriotic Songs for Violin is comprised of more than thirty patriotic themes that are important for students to know. Chord changes are included for teacher provided accompaniments. Additionally, the teacher may supply dynamic, articulation and phrase markings as the teacher feels appropriate.

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Bluegrass Violin Fun Book

More than thirty-five famous and traditional old Bluegrass favorites. Includes stylistic bowings and chord changes.

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The Politically Correct Book of Holiday Songs for Violin

featuring songs for
Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Winter Solstice, Eid al-Fitr, New Year’s
and
Festivus

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The Real Book for Violin (D and A Strings)

A book of seventy famous songs for the beginning violin student that uses just six different notes. (D-E-F#-G-A-B) Easy to read over-sized notation includes two versions of each song – one with letters inside the note-heads and one with regular musical notation. Also available is a version using the D and A strings (D-E-F#-G-A-B) sold separately

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The Real Book for Violin (A and E Strings)

A book of seventy famous songs for the beginning violin student that uses just six different notes. (A-B-C#-D-E-F#) Easy to read over-sized notation includes two versions of each song – one with letters inside the note-heads and one with regular musical notation. Also available is a version using the A and E strings (A-B-C#-D-E-F#) sold separately.

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