Great series

I just love the "Hören, lesen & spielen" series by De Haske. Great way to teach a wide spectrum of beginners. It is easy enough so that young beginners can use it, but it also works just fine for older beginners. I value the Echo Exercises a lot that you find in almost every chapter as well as the opportunity it gives begininers to explore improvisation. The accompaniment CD is a big +. It makes a three note melody sound way more advanced and the new instrumentalist has the feeling that s/he accomplished a lot more.

I am also a big fan of Book 2, but I find Book 3 not matching up to the standard of the other two books.