Violin Friends by Lauri Hämäläinen is a lovely series of violin books for beginners. You will find innovative teaching methods for the basics of violin playing for young students. The books come with instrument-specific preparatory exercises, familiar songs, scales and small etudes as well as arrangements of masterpieces by great composers. Most of the pieces are arranged for a duo or trio, so the young beginners can enjoy playing together right from the start. Additionally there is a Violin Friends – YouTube channel, where you can find engaging play alongs to all the pieces in the books. This series is really a great resource for young violin players and their teachers! Andrea Holzer-Rhomberg (author of the Fiedel-Max-series)
Lauri Hämäläinen's Violin Friends is an excellent violin school! The layout with colorful pages is really well done, and the traditional songs combined with insightful exercises are a great combination with the repertoire. Extra pluses also from the use of new technology with notebooks. One of my students excitedly told me in the first lesson of the fall that he had received €600 by playing Violin Friends notebooks in the summer at the local market! Markus Tyrväinen, Violin teacher and lecturer at the Tampere Music Concservatory, Finland.
Violin Friends series by Lauri Hämäläinen are fun and useful books for beginners and children to learn violin. The books are colourful with lots of interesting drawings. There are lots of duets and ensembles that players can play and enjoy music together. Violin Friends is an inspiring material for teachers and students to have! Dr.Heng-Ching Fang, Musician, Teacher, Academic Researcher & Translator (BMus, PGDip, MMus, PhD)
Lauri Hämäläinen's Violin Friends - opuses provide an opportunity to combine teaching and playfulness. Fun exercises and well-known themes get students excited without forgetting the basics. Mervi Myllyoja, violin pedagogue
I have fallen in love with the Violin Friends notebooks because of their extensive repertoire and excellent arrangements. The layout of the books is clear and the Piano Accompaniment books are an absolute plus. Jessica Koskela, violin teacher
I have been using Viola Friends series of viola books for 3 years and I am very satisfied with these books. In my opinion, this is one of the best method books for beginner viola players in Finland. Olga Pravdina, violin teacher at Imatra Music Institute