There are an impressive variety of styles within these simple pieces and a well-graded learning curve. Since many violists start out playing the violin, there is a relative lack of beginner-friendly publications, so these volumes will be welcomed by many viola teachers. The accompanying CD will allow enterprising pupils to further their instrumental progress and aural skills easily at home; a simple piano part is also available, and approximately a quarter of the pieces here are duets for pupil and teacher or two pupils. Matthew Jones, Music Teacher June 06 [David and Kathy Blackwell] strive to provide accessible music that will inspire and instill musical self confidence in youngsters - and they succeed ... Viola Time Joggers and Viola Time Runners deliver upbeat and playful tunes sure to appeal to viola upstarts ... Both books are accompanied by well-produced, easy-to-follow CDs, a bonus for younger players, with musical styles varying from ragtime to the classics ... These books are a good choice for teachers seeking pedagogy for their younger, first-time players. The whimsical cartoon illustrations coupled with fun, light music make for colorful curricula. Heather K. Scott Strings June 06 (USA) ... Kathy Blackwell, an experienced fiddle teacher, has succeeded in her attempt to provide music for young children which is entertaining as well as instructive. Tim Homfray The Strad Dec 2005 The duet parts are nicely arranged and marked so that the student can start with the easier bottom part and come back later to play the top part. The range of musical genres is refreshing, covering everything from folk tunes to rock.The accompanying CD is what makes this book for me. Some pieces include a catchy drum kit and bass accompaniment that will have students tapping their toes as they enjoy keeping the beat! The piano accompaniments are also lovely and can be purchased in a separate volume. As well as being a good beginner book, Viola Time Joggers would also offer reading enrichment for a student learning by the Suzuki Method, or any other oral based training method ... These delightful volumes are a wonderful compliment to any beginner violist study method. Lisa Moody, Canadian Viola Society Newsletter Spring 07
Viola Time Joggers is compatible with Fiddle Time Joggers: 44 of the 47 tunes may be played together by viola and violin, either in unison, in unison with simple octave transposition, or with the ensemble parts provided. The book uses open string pieces and tunes using the finger pattern 0-1-23-4, including 'C string specials'; extra pieces to give plenty of practice on the C string. Easy duets and a CD with performances of all of the pieces - bass and drums added for the jazz and rock numbers - make learning the viola fun. Piano accompaniments are provided in Joggers Piano Book.