Re
Nicolas Laoureux Violin Method

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Connie Sunday said: Jun 27, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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I collect violin music, and I recently had difficulty filling out the set, Nicolas Laoureux. Practical Method for Violin. I had book 1, the supplement, and books 2 and 4, in modern print editions. But book 3 was not available for sale on any of the paid sites, Amazon, Sheetmusicplus, etc. Turns out, it is available for free from a download place, and now I at least have that. But I wonder what the history of this is, and why book 3 was not published. (Oddly, the book 3 graphic I have seen online is printed “Volume 3″ rather tha Part III, like the format of the other books.) The pdf of the 3rd book is 62 pages, available as NLbk3.pdf

I wonder if there are teachers who still use this material? It’s certainly a stark contrast to the Suzuki method. I think I had to do all this, though the books I used were long discarded, unfortunately. I did have book 4 which I acquired new several years ago. It’s really beautiful. The first book starts with open strings, and the first exercise is whole notes on the G String. Interesting.

Connie
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Wendy Caron Zohar said: Jun 27, 2013
Wendy Caron Zohar
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Violin, Viola
Ann Arbor, MI
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I am using it! So glad to find someone writing about the brilliant Laoureux series.

Though I did not start learning to play violin using this method (I started in grade school using Appelbaum, Herfurth, and other books I’ve since happily forgotten), my first private teacher was using L to start beginners. By the time I had got to her I was more advanced. She was a Gingold student and protege and so I presume it was part of his legacy. She shared the method with me when I went off to college so I could use it in my teaching. There used to be a published version for the Viola as well, but it is now out of print. From her library I have one precious copy that I recycle. (Does anyone know whether it can be found online, as well as its advanced levels?)

L is a great tool to use with beginners, together with Suzuki materials, but when working with young children, I use it only once they have got the smaller muscle movements going in the middle third of the bow for the Twinkle rhythms. These are developmentally much easier and more playable for little arms, than trying to play long bows at the start! Only after they’ve played Twinkle Theme, if it goes well on the long slow notes, do I introduce L. Since it is abstract and not based on recognizable tunes (tho’ they are singable), it is both intellectually and motorically much more demanding than Suzuki. Even though it starts on long bowed open strings, very soon it moves into understanding of rhythms, time signatures, and bow distribution from this early stage.

The the pictures at the beginning are dated (”quaint”), I love the Laoureux approach because I find that it helps develop an intelligent student, who listens for beautiful tone from the start and gradually gains a natural ability to read notes and rhythms. Next come the first scales and an understanding of intervals and of the various settings of the hand. Moreover, the music he wrote in the form of tuneful etudes and duets are to die for; many are written in a French Impressionist style, melodically gorgeous and satisfying to play! I find it an intelligent and loving approach.

I shall check; I think I may have Bk III, which I found browsing old book stores, looking for out of print, used music and violin methods. Didn’t even realize it was hard to obtain!

I guess I’m a violin methods collector too, as I love learning about the history of violin pedagogy. By poking around musty old bookstores, I’ve also found the complete Maia Bang series, though I’ve ended up not using it as it’s falling apart and it’s impractical to make copies for my students. I also love the Doflein series which are in print. When I lived abroad I taught using the Sandor series, a very intelligent and creative approach to teaching. There are so many good ways to learn! The wisdom comes in knowing how and when to incorporate them.

Wendy Caron Zohar

Connie Sunday said: Jun 27, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

Yes, I have the Doflein, too (recommended by my teacher friends in Spain and elsewhere), but have not looked at the Bang.

Turns out, a student had my Part III, but now I can’t find Part IV.

If anyone sees a Part IV for sale, or for pdf, please let me know? I really like this stuff, but I agree with the prior poster that the Twinkle should be established, even all the first little works prior to the Minutes.

[Some of my students want to do fiddle or miarachi. So I still make sure they have all the exact training as any others, and we incorporate fiddle and mirarchi in everyone’s lesson, as sight reading materials, or just for fun. I don’t think anyone minds.]

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Connie Sunday said: Jul 1, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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Update: 7/01
To reiterate: The third contest is a request for the Part IV of the Nicolas Laoureux. Practical Method for Violin. A pdf, sent directly to me, would win the contest (prize is a copy of my book and a Tourte mute); what would beat that is a link to where I can purchase it at reasonable cost (not $50), or even better, someone who has a copy they would be willing to sell me. Thanks!!—Connie [javascript protected email address].
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