Anyone know of a graded student book of Bach violin solos?
"The student Violinist:Bach". (https://www.amazon.com/Mel-Bay-Student-Violinist-Bach/dp/0786621176)
A lot of Bach makes use of strong harmonic and rhythmic cadence with repeated themes. This makes many of them easy to follow, play and memorize if they are simplified to match the skill set of the student.
When I say easy, I mean up to and including British grade 8.
Carlos's graded Bach list is very strange. Partita II is much easier than Partita III, with the obvious exception of the Chaconne which deserves a separate listing. The fugue in the g minor solo sonata is more difficult than any of the partitas. And it completely omits the concertos.
The Bach Unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas should be tackled last in the learning process. Within the collection there are three levels of difficulty; the single-note movements, the double-stop movements, and finally, the fugues and the Chaconne. Before that set, in no particular order; the keyboard-violin sonatas, the cello suites transcribed for violin, the concertos. At an easier level there are the Handel Sonatas and the Telemann Fantasias.
Joel quivey wrote: 'At an easier level there are the Handel Sonatas and the Telemann Fantasias.'
I've got some baroque compilation books, so I fancied specifically Bach. I'll look into the Suzuki cherrypicking idea, but it sounds expensive. Or maybe I can find some free pdfs online.
I cannot comment on British grade 8, but at US-ABRSM grade 8 I would think most, if not all, the listed Bach pieces would be playable.
By British I mean ABRSM. No, nothing at grade 1 unless insultingly amended. I think I noticed Bach starting to creep in round about grade 5, but I'll take a closer look.
The above list comes from the difficulty grading of Henle Editions (https://www.henle.de)
Kind of the same approach as when I studied violin in school: an assumption of graded approach - based on technical skills acquired by practicing scales, studies and short romantic pieces. The result is in fact that one will play Bach just like Kreutzer, or even worse.
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