Superstart begins by teaching students the different parts of the instrument and how to hold it comfortably before moving on to pizzicato followed by bowed open strings, using crotchets, quavers and semiquavers as well as crotchet rests. Fingers are introduced one at a time on each string followed by key signatures, further note lengths and rests, slurs and low second fingers.
Throughout Superstart other technical aspects such as
harmonics and glissandi are introduced, and dynamics feature early
on. There are boxes at the top of each page containing the main
learning points for easy reference.....Superstart moves
quickly, but provides a very thorough and imaginative foundation
which younger students in particular would enjoy. The books contain
a wide variety of traditional music, well-known classical pieces
and new material. There are helpful tips throughout and amusing
illustrations by Todd O'Neill as well as brainteasers, little games
to help learn
rhythms and fun activities. I have no hesitation in recommending this book, which would be suitable for individual or group teaching.
Ensemble Magazine, September 2007