All For Strings written by Gerald E. Anderson and Robert S. Frost is a comprehensive string method book series that I like to use to teach teenagers and adults. It is a series of 3 books, that will take students on an exciting adventure filled with challenges. With the help of the violin teacher each beginner violinist will develop skills that will enable them to become a great string player.
Book 1. Here you will find all the basic information about the violin, bow, music staff, notes, rhythm, rhythmical patterns, basic bowings etc…Carefully selected and composed technical materials and musical selections provide excellent opportunities for learning and growth. In this book you will find a lot of rhythm exercises and theory games as well as duets, trios, and ensembles. At the end of book 1 students will be able to play simple songs in the key of C, G and D Major.
Book 2. In this book students will learn new playing technics and musical concepts. Here you will find many exercises and musical selections needed to the development of major and minor left hand finger patterns. Students will be also introduced to double stops as well as songs in a minor keys.
Book 3. This book is all about developing your technique as well as shifting into positions. New and more complicated rhythms, dynamics, and bowings are also introduced in this book. Here you will find vibrato exercises, harmonic studies, syncopation trainers, spiccato etudes, and a variety of new exciting rhythm exercises.
If you are a violin teacher you should definitely check out these books!