With all of the great etude books, scale studies, etc for solo string instruments, I wonder why there are very few method books for orchestra that are written by the top teachers in the string world. Most of the books I've come across are written by pedagogy folks, who are usually not the greatest performers (not that that's a prerequisite to good teaching, but a great teacher must be a very good performer in my opinion), and they are not skilled in the playing of all of the string instruments.
What I'm looking for is a book that starts from the absolute beginning and goes through the advanced stages of playing. I would like to see a book that is written by 4 big-time professional teachers (violin, viola, cello, and bass), but, of course it would have to be for the heterogeneous classroom. I know that it would be difficult to write such a method book, but surely it would be a huge success. Does such a book exist?
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