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Music for a re-learner
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louic
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April 20, 2014 - 8:25 pm
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Hi, I'm new to the forum and after some advice. I played viola at school up to about grade 3 standard. I haven't played in over 20 years but when my son recently started with violin I got out my viola and really fancy taking it up again. Since its been so long I cant really read music any more, but when I try it comes back very quickly. On the viola I am able to play a tune and a scale so I think I still have the basics.
Could anyone recommend some good music books? I don't think I want absolute beginners because I think I will move on fairly quickly. I do need something quite basic though to get me going again.

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Hey Louic, your story sounds familiar, although now that my daughter has moved to guitar I am alone with my Viola Fiddle. You didn't mention what type of music you like. I find the books that have CD recordings included to be the most helpful as I tend to play both by ear and sight.

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May 20, 2014 - 2:04 am
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Hey Guys,

Welcome to the forum. Unfortunately, not much has been happening around here lately but that can hopefully change. :)

Here is a stab in the dark for some books, not knowing your level or interest.
Students-book-of-rounds-viola-edition

modern-viola-method-grade-1

a-little-pop-music-for-viola

christmas-solos-for-beginning-viola

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Here a some books I picked up when hubby got me my viola for Christmas
Big Book of Viola Songs Hal Leonard
qid=1401241739&sr=8-1&keywords=big+book+viola

Mel Bay The American Fiddle Method Volume 1 Viola
qid=1401241771&sr=8-1&keywords=mel+bay+the+american+fiddle+viola

Easy Classical Viola Solos
qid=1401241807&sr=8-1&keywords=easy+classical+viola+solos

A Tune a Day for Viola
qid=1401241843&sr=8-2&keywords=a+tune+a+day+for+viola

Hope this helps - and happy playing...violin_girl

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Violaman
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June 4, 2014 - 12:17 pm
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Thanks for the tips.

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louic
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Thanks for the suggestions, I will look those up. I actually decided on lessons and had my first yesterday. I was absolutely astounded that my teacher advidesd I should pick up where I left off on grade three music. I am rusty though! So shocked though that it stuck with me for 22 years!

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Violaman
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July 13, 2014 - 6:06 pm
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It's like riding a bicycle ;)

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The above suggestions may help others who are looking for music to get started or to add to their variety to keep things moving along.

Note: The second suggestion's link in Violaman's suggestion is no longer active. I suggest a search of the title. 

The other options appear to be Amazon because it say a Kindle preview is not available, so an internet search of those titles should find them, if they are still available. I may update those posts at a later time.

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