Has anyone else been affected by the international shortage of Essential Elements for Strings method books? (Yes, I am over-dramatizing the issue.) Despite the well-intentioned efforts of my district and the local music stores to be prepared for the fall rush, these books have been selling out nationally.
At one of my four schools, I am trying out a different string method: New Directions for Strings published by FJH. My district has used Essential Elements for about 10 years now, and I thought it might be time to explore other options.
If any of you string specialists would like to share your thoughts about either of these books, please do.