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.
The first time I used an electric violin, 28 years ago, the motivation was clear to me: I needed to be heard over the drummer and achieve an overdriven tone to mimic guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix. Over time I discovered that the sound of rock and roll wasn’t all I was after. Rather, regardless[…]