I sat down with Cellist Mike Block to discuss his shift from classical training at Cleveland Institute of Music and Julliard to immersing himself as an improviser and composer in the worlds of contemporary (“non-classical”) styles.
a cover of the Prince classic “Sometimes It Snows In April”. Watch the video or stream the audio here:
Scroll down to listen in on the conversation including: 1)Improvisation as a historic part of the classical composition process 2)Songwriting and improvisation as part of a balanced music education
In the first of a two part interview, I sat down with my former colleague at the Berklee College of Music, Mark Simos, to discuss the strategies featured in his book Songwriting Strategies: A 360-Degree Approach.
“Anatomy of a Groove” is an abbreviated case study that looks at many approaches to mastering a simple two-chord vamp. It’s a glimpse into the curriculum that Creative Strings continues to develop through literature, instructional videos, outreach programming, podcasts, and much more.