The leading German viola method now available in English.
For more than three decades the Sassmannshaus Tradition has been the household name for excellence in beginner string methods in German-speaking countries. More than half a million students have successfully learned to play string instruments using this publication.
The publication of the four violin books in 2008 in a fully adapted English version has been a big success.
On the back of this success story Bärenreiter published the four books for cello in 2009 and now presents the four books for viola in a newly adapted version for today’s English speaking children.
What makes this viola method so unique?
- Large print notes and texts as well as many colorful illustrations are ideal for pre-school as well as school children.
- Note reading is emphasized 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 viola techniques such as varied bow strokes and shifting are introduced in a basic form.
The new English viola method for children 4 years and older
“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)