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“Young Guns”: Alex Hargreaves, Mike Barnett, Eli Bishop, and Greg Byers on how to practice – Creative Strings Podcast Episode 10

How do you practice improvisation and creative music? This was the question I wanted to ask four of my favorite young improvising string players; players all well-rounded in a mix of classical, jazz, and world music.   Alex...

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Electric Violin Shop’s Duncan Monserud: How To Get The Best Amplified Sound on Violin, Viola, and Cello – Creative Strings Podcast Episode 9

“The quality of your amplified violin sound is only as good as the weakest component in your chain…” Duncan Monserud, marketing director for Electric Violin Shop, joins Christian to discuss challenges, choices,...

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Register Now for the 13th Annual Creative Strings Workshop!

Click here to watch the new mini-documentary and join creative string players from around the world for networking, performing, intensive growth, and amazing music in Columbus, OH on June 28-July 4, 2015.

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Tiffany L. Goodman: How to get more gigs as a performing musician – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 8

“When you started a band, you opened a business.” Tiffany L. Goodman of Goodman Artists has been representing artists in jazz, classical and world music since 2009. Listen in below as she lays out components of...

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Tour abroad in collaboration with U.S. Embassy, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and Greater Columbus Arts Council

(COLUMBUS, OH – April 15, 2015) On March 29-April 4, 2015, Columbus-based jazz violinist and educator Christian Howes went on tour along with three other musicians from the Columbus scene through England, Montenegro, and...

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Conductor Markand Thakar on achieving transcendent musical performances Pt. 2 – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 7

Join us in part two of a special two-part episode in which Dr. Markand Thakar challenges us to transcend the ordinary through music. “To absorb yourself into the sound you have to let go of your place in the...

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Conductor Markand Thakar on achieving transcendent musical performances Pt. 1 – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 6

Join us in part one of a special two-part episode in which Dr. Markand Thakar challenges us to transcend the ordinary through music. “Open your ears to all the sounds and bring them forth in a way that moves...

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Rocking Electric Violin Solo (Video and Commentary)

Don’t be fooled by the suits… Featuring Cedric Easton on drums and Greg Byers on bass; Recorded live at the Music For All Summer Symposium    Rock Improvisation – A Commentary For players, students,...

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Jazz Violinist Jason Anick on practice routines, getting the gig, and striving – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 5

28-year-old rising star jazz violinist/mandolinist, Jason Anick is a regular instructor at the annual Creative Strings summer conference and the Berklee College of Music. His calendar is full of touring and recording dates,...

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Improvised Bach: A Case Study In Classical Improvisation (Video)

Bach is already perfect, but having fun with it is hard to resist (see video below). Although Bach’s Fugue for unaccompanied violin could be treated with a walking bass line, I tried a half time feel bass line to allow...

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The Secret Ingredient of Successful Music Careers

Are you resolved to go “all out” in 2015? Most of us don’t really believe in our resolutions because, let’s face it, we made them before and didn’t follow through.   Every year around this time...

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Happy Holidays! (Video)- Jazz Violin “O Christmas Tree”

In answer to your requests for a holiday video, Jazz Violin “O Christmas Tree” includes a grandpa sweater, pitchy scatting, musical multitasking, and other oddities. Scroll down for more! There’s a...

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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: -How understanding Performance Psychology can help performers step up their game -Nerves and anxiety for the performing artists: Factors, causes, and...

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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)

  I used a volume pedal to create an organ-like effect while setting up the first loop of “Yesterday” by John Lennon/Paul McCartney. For the second loop in the song, I used an octave-below effect to create a...

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