The Sassmannshaus Tradition: Violin, Viola, & Cello Method
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Sassmannshaus: The Sassmannshaus Tradition
Early Start on the Violin, Early Start on the Viola,
Early Start on the Cello, & Early Start on the Bass
little girl What makes the Sassmannshaus method so unique?
pin Large print notes and texts as well as many colorful illustrations are ideal for pre-school as well as school children.
pin Note reading is emphasized from the first lesson, encouraging ensemble playing from the very beginning.
pin Songs and scales in different positions are easily mastered within the first year of playing to ensure that children are not confined to first position playing.
pin Advanced violin or cello techniques such as varied bow strokes and shifting are introduced in a basic form.
pin Suitable for single instruction as well as group and class lessons.
pin Substantial volumes contain comprehensive material and carefully calibrated learning curves, keeping children interested.
pin Ensemble playing is encouraged from the very beginning.
Sassmannshaus: Meet the Authors

The original German violin method was first published in 1976. The author Egon Sassmannshaus is one of the most experienced and renowned violin pedagogues in Germany. For the new English edition, his son Kurt Sassmannshaus worked as co-author and adapted his father's successful method for English-speaking children.

The combined knowledge and experience of father and son make the four volumes of the Sassmannshaus Tradition the most thoroughly researched and thought-through beginning methods in the world.

The Sassmannshaus Tradition continues

Children playfully learn reliable violin, viola, cello & bass techniques at the earliest age.
For more than three decades the Sassmannshaus Tradition has been the household name for excellence in beginner violin and cello methods in German-speaking countries. More than half a million students have successfully learned to play the violin or cello using this publication.

The leading German Violin, Viola, Cello, & Bass Methods now available in English.
The best selling Sassmannshaus violin and cello methods that gave generations of European musicians their foundation is now available in English, with content and songs newly adapted for today's English speaking children.

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Sassmannshaus Violin book 1
BST1001 - 64 pages - $16.99
Musical Sample, page 11
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Note reading is introduced from the beginning, and accidentals are explained in the easiest way in the first volume of the Sassmannshaus Violin Method. By the end of the first book, many English children's songs using all fingers have been played and note values from whole to eighth notes have been introduced. Even the easiest exercises are underlaid with text so that melodies can be perceived as a whole.

Sassmannshaus Viola book 1
BST2001 - 64 pages - $16.99
Musical Sample, page 42
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Note reading is introduced from the beginning, and accidentals are explained in the easiest way in the first volume of the Sassmannshaus Viola Method. By the end of the first book, many English children's songs using all fingers have been played and note values from whole to eighth notes have been introduced. Even the easiest exercises are underlaid with text so that melodies can be perceived as a whole.

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Sassmannshaus Cello book 1
BST3001 - 64 pages - $16.99
Musical Sample, page 5
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Note reading is introduced from the beginning, and accidentals are explained in the easiest way in the first volume of the Sassmannshaus Cello Method. By the end of the first book, many English children's songs using all fingers have been played and note values from whole to eighth notes have been introduced. Even the easiest exercises are underlaid with text so that melodies can be perceived as a whole.

Sassmannshaus Double Bass book 1
BST4001 - 19 lessons - $17.49
Musical Sample, page 41
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Note reading is introduced from the beginning, and accidentals are explained in the easiest way in the first volume of the Sassmannshaus Bass Method. By the end of the first book, many English children's songs using all fingers have been played and note values from whole to eighth notes have been introduced. Even the easiest exercises are underlaid with text so that melodies can be perceived as a whole.

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Sassmannshaus Violin book 2
BST1002 - 64 pages - $16.99
Musical Sample, page 60
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The second volume of the Sassmannshaus Violin Method already presents classical violin duets. The child's knowledge and technique is expanded by dotted rhythms, sixteenth notes, and first double stops. And here is the most revolutionary aspect of the method: different finger patterns can be connected and combined to create any major and minor scale without the use of open strings. This creates the ability to practice scales in any position, often within the first year of playing! With this skill, songs learned in first position are easily transposed to other keys and higher position. Coupled with beginning shifting exercises this sets a foundation for an early virtuoso technique not available in any other method.

Sassmannshaus Viola book 2
BST2002 - 64 pages - $16.99
Musical Sample, page 23
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The second volume of the Sassmannshaus Viola Method already presents classical viola duets. The child's knowledge and technique is expanded by dotted rhythms, sixteenth notes, and first double stops. And here is the most revolutionary aspect of the method: different finger patterns can be connected and combined to create any major and minor scale without the use of open strings. This creates the ability to practice scales in any position, often within the first year of playing! With this skill, songs learned in first position are easily transposed to other keys and higher position. Coupled with beginning shifting exercises this sets a foundation for an early virtuoso technique not available in any other method.

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Sassmannshaus Cello book 2
BST3002 - 64 pages - $16.99
Musical Sample, page 5
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The second volume of the Sassmannshaus Cello Method already presents classical cello duets. The child's knowledge and technique is expanded by dotted rhythms, sixteenth notes, and first double stops. And here is the most revolutionary aspect of the method: different finger patterns can be connected and combined to create any major and minor scale without the use of open strings. This creates the ability to practice scales in any position, often within the first year of playing! With this skill, songs learned in first position are easily transposed to other keys and higher position. Coupled with beginning shifting exercises this sets a foundation for an early virtuoso technique not available in any other method.

Sassmannshaus Double Bass book 2
BST4002 - 18 lessons - $17.49
Musical Sample, page 25
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The second volume of the Sassmannshaus Bass Method already presents classical bass duets. The child's knowledge and technique is expanded by dotted rhythms, sixteenth notes, and first double stops. And here is the most revolutionary aspect of the method: different finger patterns can be connected and combined to create any major and minor scale without the use of open strings. This creates the ability to practice scales in any position, often within the first year of playing! With this skill, songs learned in first position are easily transposed to other keys and higher position. Coupled with beginning shifting exercises this sets a foundation for an early virtuoso technique not available in any other method.

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Sassmannshaus Violin book 3
BST1003 - 72 pages - $16.99
Musical Sample, page 21
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The third volume of the Sassmannshaus Violin Method emphasises duet playing in a great variety of keys and rhythms and musical style. Different finger patterns and strokes are thoroughly practiced.

Sassmannshaus Viola book 3
BST2003 - 72 pages - $16.99
Musical Sample, page 27
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The third volume of the Sassmannshaus Viola Method emphasises duet playing in a great variety of keys and rhythms and musical style. Different finger patterns and strokes are thoroughly practiced.

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Sassmannshaus Cello book 3
BST3003 - 72 pages - $16.99
Musical Sample, page 3
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The third volume of the Sassmannshaus Cello Method emphasises duet playing in a great variety of keys and rhythms and musical style. Different finger patterns and strokes are thoroughly practiced.

Sassmannshaus Double Bass book 3
BST4003 - 13 lessons - $17.49
Musical Sample, page 36
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The third volume of the Sassmannshaus Bass Method emphasises duet playing in a great variety of keys and rhythms and musical style. Different finger patterns and strokes are thoroughly practiced.

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Sassmannshaus Violin book 4
BST1004 - 72 pages - $16.99
Musical Sample, page 20
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The fourth volume of the Sassmannshaus Violin Method introduces various positions as well as new bowing techniques. These are practiced in increasingly demanding classical duets. From here, students can embark on the journey of standard repertoire - Concerti such as Vivaldi, Accolay, etc. are now within reach.

Sassmannshaus Viola book 4
BST2004 - 72 pages - $16.99
Musical Sample, page 7
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The fourth volume of the Sassmannshaus Viola Method introduces various positions as well as new bowing techniques. These are practiced in increasingly demanding classical duets. From here, students can embark on the journey of standard repertoire.

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Sassmannshaus Cello book 4
BST3004 - 72 pages - $16.99
Musical Sample, page 3
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The fourth volume of the Sassmannshaus Cello Method introduces various positions as well as new bowing techniques. These are practiced in increasingly demanding classical duets. From here, students can embark on the journey of standard repertoire.

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