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O'Connor Violin Method Book I

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O'Connor Violin Method Book I | MO101

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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.

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. Included with each volume are online audio access 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

Item Includes

Audio Tracks:
Turning Note (Violin A440)
Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V1)
Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V2)
Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V3)
Beautiful Skies
Oh! Susanna
Buffalo Gals
Amazing Grace
Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V4)
Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V5)
When the Saints Go Marching In
Westward Journey
Bonaparte's Retreat
Old Joe Clark
Climbing the Mountain
Appalachia Waltz
Boogie Woogie
Golden Slippers
Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V6)
Boil 'em Cabbage Down (V7)
Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
Sweet Betsy From Pike
Soldier's Joy
The World Turned Upside Down

Audio access to all tunes and accompaniments can be found on the O'Connor Method website.

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Question by:

  • Elizabeth Locey
  • Dunwoody, GA

Asked On: 04/06/2020

Given the comments about binding (too hard to keep the book open without clips/fear of breaking the binding) I am presuming that the digital downloads are copies of the pages and audio files that we can download. I am simply verifying that what's included in the hardcopy is also included in the digital copy. Thank you!

SHAR Answer:

Hi Elizabeth, thanks for your question! The digital download is a PDF version of the physical book and includes online access to audio accompaniments. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

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Question by:

  • MARGARET PALMS
  • KINGSBURG, CA

Asked On: 01/04/2018

If a student has just completed Suzuki Book 1, and they wish to use the O'Connor Method instead, should they go into the O'Connor Method Book 2, or are they so different that this student should start in Book 1 with O'Connor?

SHAR Answer:

Hi Margaret! Since the two methods are quite different, you may want to buy both books 1 and 2. That way, you can make sure your student starts at the right level. You can always return any unwanted books for a full refund within 30 days of the purchase. Also, feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 if you have additional questions.

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  • ANN ARBOR, MI

Asked On: 06/23/2016

Does this include the piano accompaniment part?

SHAR Answer:

No, this is the violin method book only and does not include the piano accompaniment part. The sheet music for the piano accompaniment is sold separately. However, this O'Connor Violin Method Book volume 1 does come with a CD that contains the piano accompaniment tracks on them so that you may listen to them or play along.

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  • ANN ARBOR, MI

Asked On: 06/23/2016

Does this method book come with a CD?

SHAR Answer:

Yes, the O'Connor Violin Method Book volume 1 does come with a CD! 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 on them.

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