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Go With The Published Sheet Music

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Sheet music for your studies can be acquired in different ways, ordering from the many online music outlets, purchasing from your local music store and downloading from the internet. A public domain internet library can give a student free immediate access to music, but let’s remember YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Too many times the downloaded parts have a lack of valuable information (articulations, bowings, fingerings) and wrong notes. Also one’s downloading, for quick access, many times turns into never purchasing the published music. After several weeks, you have a crinkled, torn copy of music that is difficult to keep on the music stand and information written by your teacher is becoming less clear. Another and better option is getting a photocopy from your teacher’s library, which has their fingerings and bowings, with the clear understanding that it is temporary.

Before you order or visit the local music store, ask your teacher which edition (ex. Bärenreiter, Boosey & Hawkes, Breitkopf & Hartel, Carl Fischer, G. Henle, International, C.F. Peters, G. Schirmer, Schott etc..) you should purchase. Published violin music is edited by violinists/teachers, for example Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Sonatas & Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin has been edited by some of the greatest violinists and teachers, Nathan Milstein, Leopold Auer, Henryk Szeryng and Ivan Galamian. Each edition offers different ideas, is a wealth of information and an investment in your continuing music education. Another important aspect of published sheet music, the piano accompaniment is included! A few examples, Mollenhauer’s Infant Paganini, Introduction and Polonaise by Bohm, Dancla’s Six Airs Variés, Polish Dance by Severn, Ten Have’s Allegro Brillante, Czardas by Monti, Haydn’s Concerto in G major, Concerto in A minor by Accolay, Viotti’s Concerto No. 23 in G major, Concerto in A minor by Bach, Wieniawski’s Obertass etc…, with the piano part you now have a better understanding of how the violin and piano work together, helping your learning process towards a more successful performance!

The next time you attend a solo recital or an orchestra concert that is featuring an international soloist, often there is a “Meet The Artist” after the performance. What a fun and inspiring opportunity to ask the soloist if he or she would autograph your published music. You might even be studying the same piece that was performed!  This will be something that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Click here to order sheet music online

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