Robert Frost's All for Strings is just about the most comprehensive beginning string method available. The series of three books cover every aspect of playing and musicianship, from positioning and technique to music reading and theory. Everything is explained clearly and illustrated with copious photos and illustrations, such that not only is this a popular method among teachers and school orchestra programs, but it's one of the most recommended teach-yourself methods. Beyond this, All for Strings boasts an impressive collection of supplemental collections, such as Primo Performance and All for Strings Theory Workbook.
A new instrument from our partner workshop in Germany, the full, complex tonal palette of the Karl Joseph Schneider Premier viola matches the beautiful antiqued varnish. This viola is ideal for serious students and those advancing players who will benefit from great versatility.
Orchestra Expressions is a beginning method for string orchestra that combines the best in string pedagogy with a focus on musicianship and musical context. Lessons always start with a warm-up, with more advanced warm-ups being taught as the method progresses. The method starts with four fingers down, extra large notation, and simultaneous development of both hands. Shifting is approached early on Cello and Bass, and basic theory is included in the method. Later in book 1 and through book 2, a large focus is put on teaching the historical and cultural origins of everything played; musicianship and the importance of understanding this context is taught.
Teachers Manual, Book 2. By Kathleen Brungard and Gerald E. Anderson. Published by Alfred Music Publishing.
**PLEASE NOTE** This is the backpack system ONLY. A hard shell cello case is NOT included.
If you often carry your cello case on your back, or would like to, the SHAR Cello Case Backpack System is the best way to do it. It’s strong, safe, and easy to use – simply fasten onto the D-rings on your case, adjust the length to your liking and off you go. No drilling or modification of your cello case shell is required! Best of all, your comfort level will skyrocket because the system uses professional-grade neoprene cushioning to make your cello case feel much lighter. An added feature is the back cushion, which connects separately – not only does it add even more comfort, but it offers compartments where you may stow sheet music and small accessories. NOTE: The SHAR Cello Case Backpack System works ONLY with cello cases that have a single top D-ring, or side-by-side top D-rings. It will not work with cello cases that have two separate D-rings at the top.