Hi Hexensohn, I just had a look at the Essential Elements series. Looks pretty good. It has much more explanation that the Suzuki books about the violin, the bow hold, rhythm… I also like it that the names of the notes are written inside the notes. That makes it easier to remember the names. Especially without a teacher I think the Essential Elements are easier to go with because it has much more explanations. I’m only a beginner myself so I can;t say more about it, but it does seem really interesting.