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    For my final year dissertation I am planning and designing a new

    tutor book. I know that there are many good tutor books out there,

    and probably lots that I haven’t ever seen. But for my own private

    practice I want something much more vibrant and colourful than what

    I have used in the past, with technical exercises which relate

    directly to each piece. I am going to produce separate worksheets to

    teach theory, as I expect that at least some students will already

    have had music experience, so I can choose what information to give

    them if necessary. I want to choose a very broad range of pieces -a

    mixture of traditional meoldies from differnet countires, familiar

    classical tunes from different periods and tunes from other cultures

    and countries too.

    These are my ideas, but what do you think? Do you have a favourite

    tutor book, and what do you like or dislike about the ones you use?

    Do you think there a market for a new tutor book like the one I

    descibe above, and if you were to look for a new tutor book, what

    would you want to see in it? How would it be different to what has

    gone before?

    Many thanks,

    Hannah Cannell


    Your approach sounds good. I am working on one myself. I have no idea if there will be a market or not. It helps if you are famous, I’m sure. I don’t know if one person can come up with a “tutor” that would satisfy everyone. I do feel the ones I use are incomplete, but as a group they cover a lot of ground, the books by Lawrence and Salzedo. But I supplement it also. Probably the closest to what you describe would be the Universal Method by Bochsa/Oberthuer.

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