General Blog

Performance Psychology for Musicians w/ Dr. Noa Kageyama- Creative Strings Podcast Ep.4

In this episode with Dr. Noa Kageyama, founder of the Bulletproof Musician: - Performance Psychology and how understanding it can help performers step up their game -Nerves and anxiety for the musician/performer: Factors, causes,...

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Like Turkey? Try “The Chicken” (Electric Violin Cover Video)

This new electric violin cover of “The Chicken”, popularized by Jaco Pastorius, was recorded live with loops played in real time. Happy Thanksgiving! (I couldn’t resist!)     The bass line and...

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New Video! “Yesterday” by Lennon/McCartney – (Electric Violin/Loop Cover)

Are you crazy about Lindsey Stirling? If so, you may enjoy this as a “small step outside your comfort zone”…   And if modern jazz is too much for you, you may find this more...

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Matt Glaser on Music Education, Improvisation, and Mindfulness/ Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 3

In This Episode with Matt Glaser: - The diversity of creative string players in the newest generation, and how we arrived here - How classical string/music teachers can adapt to a changing musical world “Inevitably the...

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Randall Williams: How an Indie Musician Bootstrapped Tours on Veggie Fuel and why he Let it Go- Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 2

In this episode with Randall Williams: - How Randall built his career starting as a singer songwriter living and traveling in his DIY vegetable-fueled van, to a music merchandise selling machine with several revenue streams. -...

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Billy Contreras: Inspired Insights from a Country Fiddler and Jazz Master – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 1

Billy and I sat down to speak live at the 2014 Creative Strings Workshop to discuss Billy’s life, music, and more in the first episode of the brand new Creative Strings Podcast. Later we edited this podcast to include...

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Christian Howes 2014 Asian Tour Highlights

Thanks to the hard work of my management team and the support of many partners overseas, the August 2014 tour in Asia was a whirlwind of productive performance and educational activities, building on longstanding relationships...

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Jazz Scales for Violin, Viola, and Cello

“Jazz Scales for Violin, Viola, and Cello” is finally here!   It’s designed for improvisers, composers, and arrangers exploring contemporary styles on bowed string instruments. Read excerpts and watch the...

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R.I.P. John Blake Jr., Father of American Jazz Violin

Not only did John Blake Jr. set the artistic standard for American Jazz violinists over the past 40 years. He was a role model for all musicians through his fatherly support of young artists and unwavering positive attitude...

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American Jazz Violinist to tour Australia August 4-12

American Jazz Violinist To Tour Australia In Conjunction With Residency at Australian National University From August 4-12, 2014, Christian Howes, one of the world’s leading jazz violinist/educators, will tour Australia...

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Jazz/Orchestral Diplomacy in Ukraine

Read the full article as writen by The Star Press (Muncie, IN): http://www.thestarpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014306160015 When violinist Christian Howes and conductor Douglas Droste recently joined forces to perform...

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What’s new at the 2014 String Conference

From June 29- July 5th, a flock of string players including students, amateurs, teachers, and top pros from around the globe, will descend upon central Ohio to overflow the city with string music mayhem including over 25 public...

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Camille Catherine, Inc., a Charitable Organization for Contemporary String Playing

We’re excited to announce the formation of Camille Catherine, Inc., an approved 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, named after the daughter of founder, Christian Howes, reflecting his inspiration and commitment...

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Jazz Violin Concerto Challenges Soloist and Orchestra, Blending Americana and Impressionism

***JUST IN: I’m super pumped, and a bit stunned, to announce that I will be going to Ukraine later this month at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy with my friend Douglas Droste to present three concerts. Our performance...

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The Best College Programs for Creative String Players

If you are a string player heading to college who’s not banking solely on an orchestra job, and you want to develop a wide array of musical skills in order to work in multiple genres as a performer, composer, arranger,...

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