I downloaded this for my daughter who is just learning violin. At first it looked like it would be great -- the melody lines are very simple and there is not a lot of extraneous notation that might intimidate or confuse a beginner. But when we tried her favorite carol -- "Carol of the Bells" -- we discovered that it was not written in a "beginner" key. Apparently D, G, A, and B flat major scales are the most common beginner scales -- she had only learned D and G major scales. Carol of the Bells was written in the F major scale, which required searching for a fingering chart online, printing it out, and ended up being more of a challenge than she was ready for. I hope to make use of this set of carols for next year, and I do think it is good -- I would have given it 5 stars had it not been for the non-beginner key signatures.
Amazing! PERFECT for beginners!
by anonymouson December 5th, 2010
The best part of this is that each note prints in a different color making it very kid friendly.
by starlamyerson November 10th, 2010
great I loved this carols for beginners it helped me play song right away.
by Tanya Lowryon December 20th, 2009
This is the perfect Christmas collection for beginners. The most beloved Christmas songs in a easy to read and play format. I especially liked having the music in both a color coded and normal format. It helps the student feel like they are stepping up their playing ability to graduate from the color coded to the normal format.