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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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Finding The Courage To Create

Most artists follow a curve in their development that rises, peaks, plateaus, and eventually declines. The inevitable question we all face is regarding how to keep growing. No matter how good you are at what you do, you’ve...

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Christian Howes Creative Strings Academy Giveaways

Attention creative string players and teachers! We’re giving away everything from music to educational materials and more! All it takes is an email address to get signed up! You’ll receive periodic updates about...

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Creative Strings Academy

The online school for improvising string players. Watch the video below to learn more about the Creative Strings Academy. Learn...

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Music in Don Jon features Christian Howes Strings

We posted earlier this year that our strings were heavily featured in the Sundance film, Don Jon’s Addiction. After being picked up for national distribution (and a slight title change to Don Jon) we are happy to announce...

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Learn And Teach Music Better Online

The internet is changing music education. Online tools make it possible for musicians to learn and teach more effectively and efficiently than ever before. Adapting video sharing, social networking, and online collaboration...

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String Recording for Indie Pop Artist Andrea Perry

The Christian Howes String Recording team lent its talents to indie pop artist Andrea Perry ‘s newest release “Four”. Our live strings were featured on two tracks, “My Lover Said” and “Where...

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String Recording for 5 Alarm Music’s Cinemasounds 4!

The Christian Howes String Recording team is featured prominently in 5 Alarm Music’s “Cinemasounds 4″ music library! 5 Alarm Music is an independent production music library for film, television, radio, and...

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10th Annual Creative Strings Workshop and Festival Returns to Columbus

Over 100 string players gather for study and performance, featuring daily online streams open to the public   COLUMBUS, OH (JUNE, 2013) — One of America’s most celebrated jazz violinists, Christian Howes, will host the...

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10th Annual Creative Strings Workshop

The 10th annual Creative Strings Workshop returns to Columbus, Ohio this July with an esteemed faculty that includes Billy Contreras, Jason Anick, Michael Doucet, Paul Brown, Rob Anderson, and more! Spots are filling quickly! If...

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Want To Play Like A Pro?

With over 200 instructional videos and materials at your disposable 24/7, the Creative Strings Academy will have you performing at the next level. Try the Creative Strings Academy for one-full month FREE! Click here to learn more.

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How To Record Strings Without Breaking The Bank

Working with players who collaborate remotely is an affordable alternative to hiring large sections or using virtual instruments. If you know what to watch for, you can save time and money while improving the quality of your...

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All That Jazz – Practice With a Purpose, Practice With a Friend

“Crepe making/Giant Steps party” was the theme this afternoon, as I look for sneaky ways to bribe my daughter Camille into practicing. Ten minutes making crepes followed by ten minutes trading solos over John...

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“Thinking, Fast and Slow” and the Improvising Brain

I picked up the book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow”, by Daniel Kahneman while in the Hong Kong airport during a recent tour of Asia. I was surprised to quickly recognize parallels between themes in the book and musical...

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R&B Strings: Braxton Brothers

R&B Strings: Soulful Grooves An album that was long in the making, The Braxton Brothers True Love album, released appropriately on Valentine’s Day, featured the Christian Howes string recording team heavily. Says...

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