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Reviewed On: 12/22/2018
I am an adult beginner and have been working my way through the Suzuki method (currently on book 3) and just added the O'Connor method to my collection. I definitely find the repertoire in the O'Connor method to be much more enjoyable, and there are lots of fun techniques like bowing patterns on double stops (Boil 'em Cabbage Down Variation 8) and slides (Florida Blues). One problem I'm having is that when I learning Suzuki songs I work out EVERY detail, for example writing out an open string "bow line" to really solidify the bowing. However, the O'Connor method emphasizes improvisational skills and experimenting with different bowing pattern on certain songs, so I can no longer work out every detail in a piece in advance. I guess I'll need to be learn to perform both as I've rehearsed, and sometimes to improvise. For me, the O'Connor method is a fun complement to the Suzuki method. I'm not experienced enough to recommend one over the other, so why not learn from both! I can say that book for book the O'Connor method advances more quickly than the Suzuki method, i.e. O'Connor method book 2 is more difficult than Suzuki method book 2.
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Asked On: 01/01/2019
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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Asked On: 01/02/2017
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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