Coutier said: Jun 4, 2008
Coutier Rademaker58 posts

No, this is not a joke.

A while ago I bought Suzuki Violin School Vol 3, revised edition, but didn’t check out the cd. Today I did and then I heard the shooting, just before the gentle (and muffled) sounds of the piano accompanying Dvorak’s Humoresque:


At first I thought something was wrong with my stereo, it is kind of old and the sound was like that of a faulty contact, you know, like someone freaking around with the plugs of a stage-sound- system and forgetting to put the volume of the amp down.

I am referring of course to the enormous metronome clicks preceding the piano accompaniment tracks. Just to make certain my shock was not predetermined by former irritations and distrust concerning the new editions of books 1 and 2, or – indeed- my delicate hearing, I asked some students and parents what they thought about it. To be honest, some of the kids liked it, my own son included, his face saying: “cool, funky, kinky and kicking Humoresque in the butt”, you know, like saying a bad word to a terribly uptight teacher. Kids will be kids. Most others though, jumped, just like I had done. And winced.

Of course the question “WHO ON EARTH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR……….” etcetera and then hopelesness because we will never find out as there is no communication with the Suzuki aristocracy. I mean, what better proof than this? After all the writing and complaining and offering help and ideas concerning the disaster of book 1 and 2 they come up with this.


Has this cd been checked by a Suzuki musician? I can’t believe that. I don’t think any musician would allow this. This must be a technician’s prank or mistake.

I cannot and will not ask my students to buy this cd.


Jennifer Visick said: Jun 10, 2008
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
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The clicks before Humoresque seem especially loud compared to the tempo clicks for the other peices. Also the electronic sound is unpleasant. Had it been my recording to oversee, I would have used a softer volume, wood-block timbre sound for the metronome instead of an electronic click sound.

On the other hand, I like the way the music is played in the full tracks (with violin), and I would not avoid this recording just because of the accompaniment track tempo clicks. It’s easy enough to program a CD player or an MP3 player with a specific playlist—or to create your own CD with only the tracks you want to listen to. I often get recordings for myself or send recordings home with my students with the express purpose of listening to one specific track.

Which brings me to a music recording cultural phenomenon called iTunes. I would love to see all the versions of Suzuki recordings available online, so that I could purchase a single track at a time and mix and match my own version of the Suzuki violin albums with different performers. I think it’s good for my students not to hear the same performer for every piece they learn in the early Suzuki repertoire.

(Although I don’t think there are multiple versions for other instruments besides violin, oh well…)

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