Easy Beginner Classical Pieces
I am teaching my aunt how to play. She`d like to learn both fiddle music and classical, but I`m having troubles finding super easy classical pieces suitable for a beginner of three months. Fiddle is no problem (most of them are easy). But many on the lists of beginner tunes are pop and rock songs.
Canon in D is supposed to be beginner-friendly, but it goes higher up on the fingerboard and that`s supposed to be an advanced technique. Beside that, I don`t think my aunt can handle new notes. She`s just memorized the ones in first position.
How easy is Brahms Waltz? I thought of perhaps learning the accompaniment, and teaching her the solo.
PS. What is an easy way to explain the difference between natural, sharp, and flat notes? I was thinking of using the tire illustration, but I`m not sure that would work.
The arrangement in Suzuki book 2 is easy enough. I highly recommend Suzuki books 1 and 2 for beginner classical literature.
The Brahms Waltz in Suzuki book 2 is easy enough for someone who has some experience but it has slurs over string crossings and that is not all that easy for a rank beginner.
There's a book, aptly titled Classical pieces.
You might take a look at:
You can adapt canon for first position only. It is no big deal and works fine. As for other classicals, you can try ode an die Freude,Brams lulaby, the entretainer and many others.
Auntie must be a really fast student if The Entertainer and Canon in D (minus 3rd position) are within reach after three months...
Han has the right idea: Compliations of arrangements will be your best value.