Happy Strings, textbooks Happy Violin 123 and Happy Viola 123

Happy Violin 123 consists of three volumes. Volume 1 is intended for violin beginners. All the necessary music theory basics are taught to support practical playing. The 2nd violin accompaniment is initially intended for the teacher's accompaniment, but is later converted into a simple line suitable for a duet of two students. The study of scales with appropriate use of the violin scale system is introduced. Short etudes are also added to reinforce the learning objectives. Lessons with an ensemble performance conclude Volume 1. Each chapter ends with a knowledge test. The teacher grades each lesson with the appropriate number of violins. At the end of the booklet he collects the violins and gives an overall grade. The volume covers all the necessary learning material for the 1st grade of violin lessons. The 2nd volume covers the entire learning material for the 2nd grade of violin lessons. A coherent and systematic presentation of the material ensures continuous and efficient progress for the student. The student tries to memorize all the necessary learning material, i.e. scales, etudes and other pieces, in one lesson. Etudes and shorter etude sections serve to additionally consolidate the new learning material. The author has chosen the Slovenian folk song as the melodic basis. Volume 3 is the last in the group of textbooks and rounds off the first three years of violin lessons in a meaningful way. As in the first and second volumes, the third volume also follows the systematic teaching of the subject matter as outlined in the syllabus for the 3rd (and partly 4th) grade violin. The student is instructed to practice the scales according to the violin scale system with the help of hints. The volume is divided into three functional levels, with each level comprising three thematic chapters. The focus is on alternating between old and new bow positions and learning the 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions, consolidating the vibrato and further shaping the tone in various dynamics. This is followed by an increase in speed in the left hand and a combination of different bow movements. The chapters contain short etudes by F. Wohlfahrt and short compositions from the 16th to 19th centuries with morphological explanations.

In its entirety, Happy Viola 123 represents a consistent implementation of the violin school with certain peculiarities of viola playing. The textbook is the first Slovenian viola textbook and is also designed in three parts, for the first three grades (and partly the 4th grade) of viola lessons. Each part is divided into three chapters. However, each chapter contains consecutive lessons. The progression through the lessons is complex, both in terms of introducing new material and consolidating the old. The 2nd viola accompaniment is primarily intended for the teacher, but is also suitable for a student at the same level in the sense of a duet, but can also be combined with a violin. By mastering the alto clef at an early stage, all the necessary music lessons are taught alongside. As in Vesela violina, the author has also used Slovenian folk and children's songs by Janez Bitenc, Emil Adamič and Mira Voglar as methodical material in Vesela viola.

The set also includes a teacher's manual, a piano accompaniment and an orchestration of Happy Orchestra scores. All textbooks are compatible with each other and are supplemented by teaching aids, the Violin Scale System and the Viola Scale System.

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