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O'Connor Violin Method Book II and CD

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Mark O’Connor, arguably the greatest and most famous fiddler of all time, is an American original in every way. Currently at the pinnacle of his remarkable career, Mark has created a new American School of Violin Playing that promises to quickly take its place among the great works of violin pedagogy. While utilizing classic methods of violin technique and theory, the Mark O’Connor Violin Method boldly adds uniquely American elements such as jazz, Latin, rock, folk, ragtime and improvisation. This eventual 10-book series for teachers and students assures success by taking an orderly and gradual approach using appealing and memorable tunes. Each volume seeks to instill a deep appreciation of America’s musical history with background stories of all those that contributed to this rich heritage: Immigrants, African-American slaves, soldiers all contributed mightily to what has become the new American Classical Music. But simply creating fine players is not the goal of this method. Like any great movement, the Mark O’Connor Violin Method seeks a loftier goal: That young people everywhere will fall in love with playing music.Currently, the Mark O’Connor Violin Method includes Volumes 1 and 2, including CDs with Mark playing all tunes. The CDs also contain piano accompaniment tracks. Piano accompaniment books for Volumes 1 and 2 also available now. Volumes 3-10 are in the works, as are volumes for viola, cello, double bass and string orchestra.

The O'Connor Violin Method employs classic violin technique and theory to teach students to become skilled violinists. But more than that, the O'Connor Violin Method uses familiar traditional American music to engage and motivate the young student. The lavishly illustrated books focus on well known traditional American tunes such as Oh! Susanna, Amazing Grace, Appalachia Waltz and Soldier's Joy. The method seeks to instill a deep appreciation of America's musical history with background stories of all those that contributed to this rich heritage: Immigrants, African-American slaves, soldiers - all of whom together created what has become the new American Classical Music. A unique feature of this method is that through the progressive development of initially simple works, O'Connor demonstrates that there is more than one way to play a piece, adding an 'improvisational' twist not found in other methods. The goal of the O'Connor method is that young people everywhere will fall in love with playing music. Currently volumes 1 and 2 of this 10 volume series are available. Included with each volume are CDs with Mark O'Connor playing all the tunes, plus piano accompaniment tracks.

"I am pleased to introduce the O'Connor Violin Method for string teachers and students of the violin. This 10-book series is designed to guide the student gradually through the development of pedagogical and musical techniques necessary to become a proficient, well-rounded musician through a carefully planned succession of pieces. Gradual development of left-hand technique, bowing skill and ear training as revealed through the study of beautiful music encourages a love of music-making in a slow, steady and natural way."
- Mark O'Connor

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Book and CD

Violin Tracks on CD:
1. Tuning Note A440 0:16
2. Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V8) 0:36
3. In the Summertime 1:37
4. Red Wing 1:35
5. Molto Perpetual 1:10
6. Fiddler's Dream 1:35
7. Arkansas Traveler 0:53
8. Peek-a-Boo Waltz 1:42
9. Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V9) 0:31
10. Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V10) 0:13
11. Off She Goes 0:49
12. Over the Hills and Far Away 1:41
13. Rock 'n' Roll 1:02
14. Cielito Lindo 1:13
15. Gypsy Fantastic 1:25
16. Bunker Hill 1:31
17. Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V11) 0:36
18. Dill Pickle Rag 1:44
19. Shenandoah 1:12
20. Fiddle Boy 1:01
21. El Rancho Grande 1:10
22. From the New World (II) 1:20
23. From the New World (IV) 1:06
24. Stepp Down Hoedown 0:49
25. Florida Blues 1:36
26. Song of the Liberty Bell 2:17

Piano Tracks on CD:
27. Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V8) 0:35
28. In the Summertime 1:40
29. Red Wing 1:31
30. Molto Perpetual 1:10
31. Fiddler's Dream 1:34
32. Arkansas Traveler 0:53
33. Peek-a-Boo Waltz 1:41
34. Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V9) 0:30
35. Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V10) 0:29
36. Off She Goes 0:48
37. Over the Hills and Far Away 1:40
38. Rock 'n' Roll 1:00
39. Cielito Lindo 1:13
40. Gypsy Fantastic 1:24
41. Bunker Hill 1:29
42. Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V11) 0:35
43. Dill Pickle Rag 1:41
44. Shenandoah 1:09
45. Fiddle Boy 1:00
46. El Rancho Grande 1:09
47. From the New World (II) 1:18
48. From the New World (IV) 1:08
49. Stepp Down Hoedown 0:49
50. Florida Blues 1:35
51. Song of the Liberty Bell 2:10

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Asked On: 01/01/2019

Hi! Are the O'Connor method books available without a CD? We no longer have access to a CD player, as many laptops and devices no longer come with them standard. Instead, we now download music. I'd rather not pay for something of no use. Thanks!

SHAR Answer:

Hello Ellen! The Mark O'Connor Method Books are due to switch over to include online audio access in place of CDs with their next printing. Once the editions with the CDs are out of stock, the editions with the online audio access will be made available on our website. Until then, please visit the Mark O'Connor Method website for free access to the CD tracks online. Thanks!

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  • Georgeta Lester
  • Clemmons, NC

Asked On: 01/02/2017

Hello, Which course material (I, II, or II) would you recommend for my 16-year old son Owen intermediate violin and piano player who hasn't taken lesson for a couple of years now, but would like to get back to playing. Would this material be ok as a self-guided course? Thank you.

SHAR Answer:

Hello Georgeta! SHAR always recommends that there is no substitute for instructed lessons, but we are aware that there are times when self-instruction and preparation for private lessons is a necessity. The Mark O'Connor series is a sequential method, so I would recommend beginning with Book One, which actually moves quite quickly and is more advanced than many other "book ones" out there. It is one of the the only methods that includes instructions for improvisation, which is enough of a challenge for many advanced players! I would recommend taking his time to get through Book One before moving on to Book Two. Book III is already a very very advanced collection of tunes, and not having the experience of Books I and II might make it impossible to play!

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