The Sassmannshaus Tradition is one of the most thoroughly researched beginner violin methods in the world and for more than three decades has been the household name for excellence in beginner methods in German-speaking countries. This English edition features15 lessons, numerous call songs and nursery rhymes and flash cards for learning notes in first position and their finger placements. Volume 1: After the introduction featuring open strings and basic note values, the "cuckoo call" follows as a basic interval. Note reading is introduced from the beginning, and accidentals are explained in the easiest way in the first volume. By the end of the first book, many children's songs using all fingers have been played and note values from whole to eighth notes have been introduced. Most exercises are underlaid with text so that rhythms can be learned easily and melodies can be perceived as a whole.