Can a violist help me out really quick?

March 22, 2019, 4:56 PM · Which Barbera Barber solo viola book is about Suzuki vol 4 level?

Which one of those volumes do you consider the best?

Thanks in advance. I have very limited knowledge of those books.

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Edited: March 22, 2019, 5:19 PM · The inside cover of the Barber series matches all of the pieces with the appropriate Suzuki book level. Based on that table, you want volume 1 and 2. PM me and I can send you a picture of the inside cover so you can see the table.

Edit: I should state that I have the violin books but my understanding is that the viola books progress in mostly the same manner.

March 22, 2019, 9:16 PM · Book 1 is roughly Suzuki books 2-4 level, Book 2 is Suzuki 4-5 level. There are a couple of book 1 pieces I sometimes teach between Suzuki 3 and 4. Around the end of book 4 (about the level of the Telemann) I like to teach the Mozart Divertimento and the Londonderry Air from book 4. So, I would say that book 1 for early book 4, and book 2 for later book 4. They are both good books. I would say that I use book 2 slightly more often than book 1, mostly because I love teaching (and playing) the Londonderry Air arrangement.
March 22, 2019, 10:07 PM · If you are solidly in Suzuki Book 4, I would go with Book 2. The rep is much more interesting. In general, the pieces get harder as you advance by book, but there is always a range in each book. The table of contents are here: http://www.barbarabarber.com/solos-for-young-violists.html
March 23, 2019, 10:03 AM · Thanks for the replies.

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