Violin Time has 3 categories of books to choose from, when deciding what is best for you or your student’s needs. The String Time Group series (perfect for a Year 2 instrumental program), then Violin Time and Viola Time Book 1 and 2 – available as hardcopies OR e-book).
String Time Group Series (only available in hardcopy) which includes:
The string time books are shorter versions of the original Violin Time and Viola Time book 1. They are perfect for a school string program as they are shorter, and less expensive. They are only available in hardcopy, however, students still have access to all of the online tutorials which are accessible via the website.
Violin and Viola Time Book 1 (available in hardcopy and downloadable)
Violin Time and Viola Time Book 1 are comprehensive beginner books. They begin with learning posture and then open string bowing, focusing on playing with a lovely tone and using the whole bow. Fingers are introduced, beginning with the 3rd and a range of exciting pieces take students on a journey through different keys and finger patterns. Scales are included in a logical fashion throughout the book, with pieces using the new finger patterns learned. Bow strokes such as: detache, legato, and staccato are covered in an engaging manner with lovely repertoire. Each piece has a corresponding video tutorial accessible from the Online tutorials page. These are demonstrated on the violin (Nicole LoBartolo), with piano accompaniment (Jane MacDermott).
Violin and Viola Time Book 2 (available in hardcopy and downloadable)
Violin Time Book 2 and Viola Time Book 2 focus on developing shifting in a variety of keys, and vibrato. The method used to teach shifting is the ‘lift, glide, and press’ method so that students learn to shift silently between positions. 1st – 3rd position is the first position change covered, then 1st – 2nd position, then later between positions and up to 4th and 5th position briefly. Students will love the beautiful range of music composed for the purpose of shifting. The styles range from tango, to etude, to waltz, to duets. The keys become more challenging as the book progresses, and each piece has a scale and exercise and resources such as finger charts and online videos to help guide the students practice. Vibrato is introduced and the books feature wonderful exercises to help develop a secure arm vibrato.