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For Violin (Bags of Fun)
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Bags of Fun For Violin is packed with imaginative pieces for absolute beginners: try chattering with skeletons, making a gate creak, admiring an octopus trampolining and watching frogs doing high jump! Written by leading string pedagogue Mary Cohen, this book is gently progressive yet always entertaining, with plenty of material on the open strings and a gradual introduction of first and second fingers. Ideal for consolidation alongside any tutor, for sight-reading practice - or just for fun!
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Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo; Elephants Like Mud Baths In The Afternoon; Alligators Meet For Lunch - Crunch, Crunch, Crunch!; Dragons Can Be Dangerous (And Very Hot!); Great - Big - Grizzly Bears; Slimy Slug Trails; Creaky, Creaky Door; Skeletons Chitter Chatter; Four Snails, Lining Up For A Race; Where's That Hamster?; Hula Hoops; Oh No! It's A Fire-Breathing Monster!; Growl, Growl, Growl Went The Lions; Eek! It's A -; Next Door's Dog Is Burying A Bone; Don't Fall Into The Hole -; Lots Of Creepy Crawlies Going For A Jog; Energetic Elephants Down At The Gym; Seagulls Gliding Over The Cliffs; Goldfish Swimming Past The Ruined Castle; Frogs Having A High Jump Competition; Fizzy, Fizzy POP!; Hot Toffee Popcorn; Jelly On A Plate; Wibble, Wobble; Choc'late Chip Ice Cream; Hubble, Bubble, Toil And Trouble; Twinkle, Twinkle, Magic Star; Come And See Our Angel Fish; The Octopus Goes Trampolining; Is That A Donkey Singing?; Two Big Elephants Getting On A Bus; Elegant Flamingo, Balanced On One Leg; Alexander Bumped His Bike; Hip, Hop, Hippopotamus; Jumping Beans; Caramel Crunch; Quick! Catch The Guinea Pig!; Next Door's Cat Is Climbing Up Our Tree; One, Two, Three, Jump!; Bored? I'm So Bored, I'm Asleep; Watching Squirrels Through The Window; Where Is The Cat?; Which Bit's The Stick Insect? (I Can't Tell - ); Will We? Won't We? Need Our Wellies?; Hurry, Hurry, Hurry, Hurry, Hurry Up - We're Late!; Who Ate The Last Piece Of Toast?; Do I Have To Go To School?; Oops! I've Lost My Socks!; These Are The Wrong Kind Of Sandwiches -; Look! There's A Bee In The Bath!; My Friend's Tooth Fell Out At School; That's Not Fair!; Race, Race You Round The Park; Ugh - What's That?; Are You Going To The Shops?; There's A Hole In The Sole Of My Welly; Three And A Half Pairs Of Socks; Did You Look Under The Sofa?; Have You Fed The Cat?; Have You Fed The Guinea Pigs?; Can I Have My Friends To Stay?; I'd Like A Kite For My Birthday, Please!; Mountain Biking; Building A Tree-House; Messing About In My Cousin's Garden.

About the Author

Mary Cohen has an international reputation as an educational composer with over sixty publications for strings in print, and her music is set by the major examining bodies worldwide. Mary is well-known for her thorough pedagogic approach; from absolute beginner through to the advanced player.

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This is a real find as it encourages imagination and the reinforcement of simple notation. The ideas are original and progressive through the use of various keys and string levels using open string and 1st fingers. Well worth a look and the investment at this critical stage of being able to develop the imagination through an initial text based idea on which you could then develop an improvisation. ARCO, Spring 2013 Bags of Fun is a wonderfully simple book for the young beginner or for developing sight-reading with more advanced children. On the cover is a colourful depiction of fun musical chaos - the kind that children tend to like- but inside there are no pictures; it is all left to the imagination. There are 13 pages of one-line pieces using open strings, first and second fingers. They mostly come with titles which match the rhythm of the piece and frequently use the rhythm of speech to teach rests, long notes and accents. One of my favourites is, Look! There's a bee in the bath! There is no accompaniment, but the youngest students will be having more than enough fun succeeding at music they have already internalised while picturing, say, an octopus trampolining or elephants getting on a bus. Music Teacher Magazine, October 2012 Designed for absolute beginners, these books include a variety of fun exercises and pieces designed to capture the interest of young players. Most are very short and designed to familiarise students with the instrument, with title such as Eeny Meeny Miney Mo, There's a Hole in the Sole of My Wellie and our own favourite, Goldfish Swimming Past the Ruined Castle. Mi Pro, September 2011

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