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Ebaru Violin, Viola & Cello Method

Violin: Nine volumes
Viola:  Seven volumes
Cello: Five volumes

by Emerson Sandow

The string family of orchestral instruments is one of the oldest and most-written-for. String quartets (two violins, viola and cello) by the great European composers abound and even modern avant-garde composers such as Bela Bartok have explored the beauty of the string family to the great pleasure of listeners everywhere.

Ms. Eden Vaning-Rosen, an award-winning concert violinist and teacher, has developed methods for learning three of the four instruments in the string section. Only the doublebass is omitted. Ms. Vaning-Rosen demonstrates her skill as a teacher and musician in the great care she has taken to cover everything a young student needs to know. Her course is composed of books and Videos/CDs, to provide visual explanations of the material covered in the books, and then some.

The Violin Method, composed of nine volumes, addresses everything, beginning with Volume 0, which is a pre-violin book to help the child too young to actually play, prepare for when s/he is old enough! It contains games and exercises which develop focus, nurture an interest in music and build strength for the muscles used in playing. This is ingenious and makes the Ebaru Method very special. Playing any instrument requires a certain level of mental ability – beyond what is typical in a very young child, but there is no reason such mental acuity cannot be developed and it is significant that Ms. Vaning-Rosen has thought to begin to build this in a child long before the actual instrument is involved! Book 6 of the sequential portion of the Violin Method covers advance left-hand technique.

The Viola Method consists of seven basic books, laid out with the same structure as the Violin Method, including the pre-viola book. The Cello Method is four volumes with a pre-cello book, too. All instruments include specializing technique volumes and each series of volumes relating to violin, viola or cello, are supplemented by a pre-playing volume, plus a vibrato/tone quality development volume and a two note-reading volumes, each. Therefore, with a competent teacher and these materials, one can progress from very elementary – sizing and holding an instrument, to very advanced string study – all for a very reasonable price! Since the string family lends itself so well to ensemble playing, the entire family could use the Ebaru series to learn all 3 instruments and enjoy the magic of string quartets.

Please visit the Ebaru website,, for information on the complete family of Ebaru lesson books, other related products, Ms. Vaning-Rosen’s concert information and a wealth of other musical information, for the edification of anyone interested in learning about the orchestral string family! ES

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