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I'm looking for lesson book recommendations for people picking up violin as a second (or third) instrument meaning something that focuses on the violin specifically and less on things like general music theory as I've had plenty of that in high school and college.

My situation is that I've been a concert and jazz trombonist for many years and also play guitar and piano, but I've never touched a violin.

So is there anything you guys or girls can think of that would suit my needs?

Thanks for your suggestions

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The Rubank Elementary and or Intermediate method may be the one for you.   I personally haven't owned a Rubank book since the 1970's but I still see they're in print for use for violin. 

Sounds like old school doesn't it?  You may as well hang around for the "get a teacher and a few Suzuki violin books" recommendations from the others, whom by the way,  are good people to receive advice from too. 

Since you mentioned jazz trombonist -  It would be great if a jazz trombonist could get a complete transcribed looseleaf binder full of everything that the Swingfield Big Band trombone section played.  I don't believe that will happen in my lifetime but it will be a great time for players when such book is put together.  I can't even get a wiki page on these people - pretty obscure.


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First thing you need is someone to teach you how to "touch" a violin, someone they call "a teacher."

Personally, I think the Suzuki books contain a progression of music pieces that are good to build on, but you have to learn the mechanics (physical aspects) of playing this instrument or you can develop bad habits that will inhibit progress and will probably injure you. Suzuki should also be supplemented with supportive "exercises" or etudes.

There are plenty of on-line (even youtube) sources where you can observe people holding violins and you can sign up for on-line visual courses like Artistworks, but it really pays to have a live teacher who can observe the muscles under your skin well enough to help you make necessary changes in the physical aspects of your playing from which you can continue to progress. You can reach a point from which you can continue to progress on your own, but I would not recommend trying that from the very beginning.

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