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Halamus Publishing - Testimonials

  • LEARN TO PLAY THE VIOLIN  with Your Favorite Folksongs

  • Graded Folk Music for Beginners and Advanced Learners of All Ages
  • Play the Violin and Enjoy the Music


"The 'Folksongs for the Violin' contain a wealth of traditional folksongs from all over the world. I have enjoyed working through all three books. They have made practising the violin much more interesting!"

Anna Buckman, (pianist studying the violin as a second instrument).

"Well, I've finished all four 'Folksongs for the Violin' Books. No more interesting songs to learn! Does that mean its all exercises from now on?"

Anna (14th May, 2003)

[Anna had her first violin lesson on 31st Jan., 2001.
As well as 'exercises' her repertoire also includes: Pachelbel Canon; Vivaldi (Double Mandolin Concerto, arranged for 2 violins); Handel: Sonata in F; Corelli Sonatas; Telemann Sonatinas; Mazas and other Studies; evčik, Op. 3 (advanced bowing); Massenet's "Meditation from Thas"; and Raff's "Cavatina". And we've started Viotti: Concerto 23, to go with the 6th Position Exercises, and to reinforce evčik, Op. 9 (double stopping) Exercises...]

Hello Mrs Halamek.

Anna gave me your address. Thank you for the copies of your violin method books. I have enjoyed looking through them, and especially playing in them with Anna. She has obviously had a very good teacher!

I have been wanting to become more familiar with folk songs and your books will be a great resource. I will definitely recommend them to my students who are looking for some good solos and ensembles to play, and to give them something besides the standard classical repertoire to learn.

Thanks again

Linda Woodrich,
Violin teacher, USA

A few more Letters from happy players:

"Playing the music in the book (Folksongs, Part 2) was great, because I knew how to play them all. I had heard them all before, and I could go through them fast to start a great new song.

I started off with 'Down in Demerara' (in Part 2), and I am working my way through Part 3.

by Stephanie Olford (Age 11).

...Book 4 looks great.

As always, the use of international folk tunes makes the material interesting for students.

I appreciate the large variety of keys and like how you coordinate exercises with songs, as with Exercise 2 (pg. 3) and the songs on the following pages.

You do this in the 3rd position book as well, which helps students practice better at home.

Lisa Bollman,

Violin/viola teacher, Billings, Montana, USA

"Folksongs", Part 4 is a really good music book because it has different songs from all different parts of the world, so it makes it more interesting and challenging, because you get to hear how music from other countries sounds.

It also challenges your ears to listen to different keys (and different tonalities). It is also just really fun to play the songs!

Jessica Olford

'Folksongs 4' is a really good way to learn the different positions involved in playing the violin.

As a student who has spent many years playing the violin but not really learning the proper techniques, I found it was really helpful to go back and learn how the violin really should be played.

'Folksongs 4' is a really good book in that it incorporates learning the techniques thoroughly with fun and with enjoyable songs.

Andrew Morgan

Letter from Clare

"Dear Mrs Halamek,

I'm writing to thank you for the tremendous work you are doing with my husband Ralph. As you know, I have played the violin since I was 10 years old.

When I met Ralph, he was 21 and he told me how he had always wanted to play the violin, but had never asked his parents for lessons as he thought it would be too expensive. It remained an unfulfilled dream of his for many more years.

At the age of 37, when our 4 year old daughter started to learn the violin in England, Ralph decided to start lessons too. Soon afterwards we moved to Australia.

Since he has been working with you, he has come on in leaps and bounds. I think the main factor is your absolute certainty that an adult can learn an instrument and become a competent player.

You have always set Ralph challenging pieces and the result is that he is now a very confident sight-reader. We now enjoy listening to him play and he gets enjoyment from his achievements.

He has also benefited greatly from your extensive musical knowledge, and from working through your folk-music books which set pieces in many different positions.

Perhaps the highlight was last Christmas, when for the first time, Ralph played in a small orchestra with me. We were part of a group playing for a Christmas pageant.

It was wonderful to play alongside each other for the first time, providing entertainment for other people!

So thank you for your major role in achieving one of Ralph's lifelong dreams."


"Folk Music is the Basis of All Music
   ...Every form of vocal and instrumental music we possess
          has developed out of folk song or dance..."
                      ...The Oxford Companion to Music, Tenth Edition

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