One of the great things about taking up a stringed instrument like the violin, viola or cello is that you'll find a seemingly endless range of source material on today's market to refine your skills and increase your musical knowledge. In fact, today's line of accompaniment string method books are ideal for musicians who want to take their skills to the next level. Companies like Alfred, FJH Music, Hal Leonard and KJOS are well known and respected for their accompaniment string method books, and there are more than enough top sellers in this catalog to make that obvious.
So what is your stringed instrument of choice and what are you interested in learning about or improving? Asking yourself these questions will certainly speed up your search in this section. For instance, if you're a student violinist who wants an excellent collection of solos to hone your craft with, look no further than the Alfred Solos for Young Violinists Violin Part and Accompaniment Vol. 4 (Book). The compositions in this book are made up of a wide variety of styles and techniques and the included piano tracks allow you to practice with another instrument. Viola players have some terrific options as well, including the Hal Leonard Rubank Concert and Contest Collection - Viola Piano Accompaniment Only. This top-rated edition contains a diverse range of solo literature with separately-published piano accompaniments. From "The Holy City" to "Reverie" to "Sabre Dance", many of these solos are included on various state contest lists.
You'll also come across accompaniment string method books that feature arrangements written in unison for the violin, viola, cello and string bass. A best seller, the KJOS Solos and Etudes-BOOK 2/PIANO ACCOMP boasts 32 solos and 38 etudes. It is designed to reinforce and enhance a student's technical development and enrich their musical vocabulary. This supplement is suitable for both class and one-on-one teaching environments.
Whatever you choose, you can expect any one of these accompaniment string method books to be easy-to-follow and filled with additional information to improve your musical prowess. There's no such thing as owning too many string method books and these expansions are just what you need to delve even deeper into your performing capabilities.
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