Revised piano accompaniment books—what is new?

Tina Raimondi said: Oct 24, 2013
Tina Raimondi
Suzuki Association Member
Boca Raton, FL
26 posts

I briefly remember reading that the accompaniment for violin in the Twinkles is different, although I don’t remember how. Can anyone point me to where there is an explanation of how the accompaniment for Suzuki violin is now different than in the past? Are most people using the new accompaniment books, or sticking with the older version?


Carolyn Nadeau said: Nov 2, 2013
5 posts

I’m an accompanist for my daughters’ violin studio and I’ve used the older books but mainly play from the revised books. The older books don’t have introductions written in. I don’t have the older version of the Suzuki accompaniment books on hand to look. There are some pretty significant differences in book 3 and I think in book 2 as well. I’m not as familiar with books 4 and above since the studio only teaches through book 4 and is small and only has 6 students. I can’t say what most people are using, but I know for me, as a parent who came into Suzuki 3 years ago when my oldest daughter began taking lessons, from what I’ve seen in the older books, I prefer the newer version.

Laura said: Nov 2, 2013
Laura MozenaViolin
105 posts

As far as I know the only difference would be the added twinkle triplet rhythm.


Mengwei Shen said: Nov 3, 2013
Mengwei Shen
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Cello
Jersey City, NJ
179 posts

The two differences that come to mind are in Lightly Row and Allegretto. I picked them up on the CD though, not by comparing the the books (although I have both). I usually play the accompaniments from memory, which means defaulting to what I learned first (the old version).

Lately I’ve been playing the new Lightly Row (where the ending is E chord to A chord instead of plain A chords), but part of me wants to keep playing the old way and see how long it takes for a student to notice that it’s not the same as the (new) CD.

Mengwei Shen said: Nov 12, 2013
Mengwei Shen
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Cello
Jersey City, NJ
179 posts

Just found another one—in book 1 Long Long Ago, the 2nd to last measure is different.

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