Scroll to the right within each section below to find Instructional Literature/Videos, Charts, Albums, and more.
These eBooks are must-have resources for contemporary
creative string players as well as perfect supplements
to Christian’s instructional videos.
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Learn everything you need to know to plug in start jamming on electric violin, viola, and cello!
Everything from the basics to his personal secrets, Christian Howes shares how to begin to rock out on your violin.
Learn what gear is a must have! From amplifiers to pickups, you will find out the advantages and disadvantages of all types of gear setups.
Anyone from beginners to experienced violinists will benefit from this informative eBook.
Providing exercises with diminished, bebop major, bebop dominant, melodic minor, altered, blues, pentatonic, and whole tone scales, this eBook is a must-have for any improvising musician. This will build the foundation for you to begin creating amazing, improvised licks and melodies when improvising and composing. ***This eBook is available as download only.
Arguably one of Christian Howes' most popular resources, the 70-page Violin Harmony Handbook (TRANSLATED TO JAPANESE) is packed with practical theory, practice exercises, conceptual, intuitive, and analytical tools as well as chord glossaries, and even solo violin transcriptions and charts. There is no guide more useful for beginning to advanced students of jazz violin.
Arguably one of Christian Howes' most popular resource, the 70-page Violin Harmony Handbook is packed with practical theory, practice exercises, conceptual, intuitive, and analytical tools as well as chord glossaries, and even solo violin transcriptions and charts. There is no guide more useful for beginning to advanced students of jazz violin. This version is in English.
Christian Howes presents a four-part tutorial series related to his arrangement of J. S. Bach's Prelude No. 1 in G Major for solo cello. Christian's version uses a looping pedal to create layers on which to improvise. This package includes 5 lesson videos and a worksheet giving you everything you need to know to start jamming. ***Please note that this series DOES contain the Bach Prelude Series Worksheet.***
These Arpeggio worksheets allow users to practice all types of 7th chords in every key. Practicing with these worksheets can allow you to become more proficient in using these types of chords, allowing you to expand your jazz vocabulary and improvise in a more comfortable manner. These worksheets are available for download only.
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This video series demonstrates the basics of Jazz Harmony as applied to playing the violin. This special bundle includes the Violin Harmony Handbook (usually $29.95!), which is a perfect companion for this series. Many of the concepts discussed in the handbook are explained and demonstrated in these videos. Become fluent in the science of Jazz Harmony today!
This video series demonstrates the basics of Jazz Harmony as applied to playing the violin. The Violin Harmony Handbook is a perfect companion item for this series, as many of the concepts included are all explained and demonstrated in these videos. Become fluent in the science of Jazz Harmony today!
Christian Howes shows you the secrets to blues improvisation with this easy lesson package. Jam some blues yourself in no time! Includes five lesson videos, two MP3's, and a worksheet.
Christian Howes shows you his secrets to improvisation! This bundle contains 5 lesson videos that show you everything you need to know. A great lesson that teaches the basics of improvisation so you can effectively unlock the key to many of the other lesson videos. Take your improvisation to the next level!
Christian Howes shows you how to teach improvisation in a clear and easy way! This series contains 7 lesson videos that show you the secrets to Christian Howes' unique approach to teaching improvisation to people of all ages. Step up your teaching game and even gain a different insight on the nature of improvisation!
Learn the diminished scale and how to use it in your playing and improvising! This bundle contains 3 lesson videos and an mp3 to give you everything you need to master this scale. Boost your musical vocabulary with the Diminished Scale Series!
Learn how to use the bebop scale in your playing and improvising! This bundle contains 3 lesson videos, a score of the bebop scale in all keys, and worksheets for each video. Make this scale part of your musical vocabulary!
Improvise to Pachelbel's Canon with the Pachelbel Canon Chord Stacks series!
This easy-to-use course includes eight instructional videos, six play-along accompaniment tracks, a worksheet including the easy-to-use "chord stacks" diagram, and instructions for completing the module.
Great for ALL levels of classically trained instrumentalists (with basic reading skills!) Through this course you will learn to improvise easily within the first five minutes!
By using the innovative "chord stacks" diagram, Christian gives you ready-made "training wheels" which allow you to glide easily through chord progressions. Connect the dots to select chord and scale tones that naturally form coherent and flawless melodies in many styles including classical, bluegrass, waltz, reggae, rock, and more!
For beginning improvisers. This lesson shows how to begin improvising only by using different methods and patterns of continuous 8th notes.
For beginning improvisers. This lesson shows how to begin improvising with methods such as changing the melody to familiar songs, changing motifs in common exercises, and improvising techniques to cure technical playing problems.
For intermediate improvisers. This lesson demonstrates the importance of knowing how to arpeggiate chords from all four chord tones, the root, the third, the fifth, and the seventh
For intermediate improvisers. This lesson shows how to create fast streams of 8th notes using the bebop scale.
For advanced improvisers. A continued lesson of the first lesson of bebop scales, this video shows more advanced ways to use the bebop scale to create fast streams of 8th notes while improvising.
Jason Anick shows you useful jazz techniques you can incorporate into your personal style. Includes 4 lesson videos!
Learn the basics of improvising in the 2-5-1 progression. Creative String Player Jason Anick guides you through 3 lesson videos.
Melodic Minor Series
Learn the ins-and-outs of the melodic minor scale with the Melodic Minor Series, consisting of four instructional videos and two practice charts for you to use to solidify your knowledge of the scale. The melodic minor scale is one of the many tools expert players use to spice up their improv solos, and with this series you'll become one step closer to sounding like a pro! ***This item is available for download ONLY.
Purchase any of Christian Howes’ critically acclaimed albums here.
Essential listening for any fan of jazz violin, you can also find the DVD
“Christian Howes & The Horatio Icasto Quartet: Live in Madrid”.
Christian Howes' 14th studio album (4th with Resonance Records), "American Spirit" celebrates diverse American voices and perspectives on America, ranging from straight ahead and modern jazz to Americana, gospel and R'n'B.
This album will be MAILED to you at the address listed with your Paypal profile. Your bonus downloadable chart will be sent via email immediately upon purchase.
Christian Howes' latest release on Resonance Records. Featuring Richard Galliano, "the heir apparent to Astor Piazzola," Howes takes another unexpected turn, this time into the realm of Latin music, exploring styles from Argentina, Cuba, Spain, and Brazil. Also features Lewis Nash, Scott Colley, and Josh Nelson.
Out of the Blue (Hardcopy Only) - Christian Howes (2010)
Christian's 2010 release. Blues master guitarist Robben Ford meets virtuoso jazz violinist at the crossroads! The follow-up to the Resonance recording, Heartfelt. Also features acclaimed pianist Tamir Hendelman and drummer Joel Rosenblatt.
Song For My Daughter (Download Only) - Christian Howes (2005)
Song For My Daughter album, featuring Christian Howes, Bobby Floyd, Matt Perko, Jim Ed Cobbs, Dwayne Dolphin, Frederico Lechner, and Tony McClung!
Klazyc (Download Only)
All Star group Klazyc, featuring Christian Howes, Federico Lechner, and Pablo Martin, play classical melodies treated with a modern twist on jazz improvisation. Hear melodies of Mozart, Bach, and others spun into new jazz compositions.
Ten Yard (Download Only) - Christian Howes (1998)
1. 'S I Am
2. 'Trane's Maiden
3. Laughing Tango
4. Sock's Groove
5. Ten Yard
6. Vito's Melody
7. Ode to Sco'
8. Song For Tony
9. Laughing Song
10. Here's That Rainy Day
Jazz On Sale (Download Only) - Christian Howes (2002)
1. Amorr Case Imposible
2. Blue Monk (Part 1)
3. A Child is Born
4. Blue in Green
5. When She's Like Water
6. Jazz on Sale
7. Very Early
8. Falling Grace
9. Blue Monk (Part 2)
Jazz Fiddle REVOLUTION (Download Only) - Christian Howes and Billy Contreras (2004)
2. The Way You Look Tonight
4. Maria, Maria
5. Merchants Groove
6. Untitled blues jam
7. Fugue in G Minor for solo violin
8. It Never Entered My Mind
9. Traditional Fiddle Tune
10. The Oracle
Heartfelt (Hardcopy Only) - Christian Howes (2008)
Self-described post-bop violinist Christian Howes may shy away from comparisons to Stéphane Grappelli or Joe Venuti, but the young violinist certainly shares those artists’ melodic and lyrical gifts. On his newest outing, Heartfelt, Howes performs ten tracks with a healthy bent in the direction of mainstream accessibility, emphasizing romanticism, conventional performances, and arrangements with a pop sensibility.
Christian Howes Plays Yamaha the Silent Electric Violin (Download Only) - Christian Howes
1. On Green Dolphin Street
2. Ode to Billie Joe
3. Felonious Thunk
4. Jazz for Sale
5. Honeysuckle Rose
7. Bernie's Tune
8. We'll be Together Again
Christian Howes & The Horatio Icasto Quartet: Live in Madrid (DVD) (2008)
Among the selections included in this network quality production are Jazz classics such as “Nuages" and “I’ve Got Rhythm" and stunning originals such as “Song For My Daughter" and the scintillating “Waltz For Katherine." Featuring the Horacio Icasto Quartet (Horatio Icasto, Piano; Santiago Reyes, Guitar; Victor Merlo, Bass; and Noah Shaye, Drums), this program is guaranteed to entertain Jazz aficionados and music fans alike.
1. I’ve Found a New Baby 2. Pent Up House 3. Waltz for Katherine 4. Song for My Daughter 5. Madrid Blues 6. Nuages 7. Adios Nonino 8. I’ve Got Rhythm 9. Conejitrami
PLUS! This DVD includes a picture gallery, alternative endings, instant access to songs and solos, and more! DVD will be mailed to you.
Jazz Fiddle EVOLUTION (Download Only) - Christian Howes and Billy Contreras (2009)
1. Walking on Broadway
2. By the Bay
3. Detective H
4. Sweet Soul Music
8. Riggs in the City
Learn to play jazz standards, arranged for string players.
Also, transcriptions of Christian Howes’ tunes are available now!
Follow along and learn to improvise over these charts.
(intermediate) Billy adapted this tune for a swing arrangement, and he takes an amazing solo. The cello alternates between walking quarter notes and playing in a two feel. The accompaniment violin/viola should be sensitive to the cello by sometimes chopping and sometimes playing legato or syncopated double stops, but always being careful to keep the groove and leave space for the soloist.
(Advanced difficulty) Get your groove on! Billy plays an amazing intro alone on this tune, showing just how funky the violin can be. Cello can try alternating pizzicato and arco and seeing what’s comfortable. Don’t be thrown off by the notated “chopping” parts in this arrangement. You might be better off simply listening to the recording and emulating the chopping as you hear it.
From the European acoustic trio’s second album, Klazyc (2004). This is another flashy, and sometimes wacky, piece to add for an encore to your set. Audiences always love it because it’s so familiar and sounds very virtuosic. The version recorded on “Klazyc” should be self-explanatory. Instead of a “free” piano solo at the end, we’ve made some motific suggestions for a “free” string quartet solo. (Please note, this arrangement is formatted for string quartet, but could be easily adapted by you for trio).
(Intermediate) This is a fun, modal tune, in 6/4 meter with straight (not swung) rhythms. The main vamp in d minor should be comfortable for everyone in the group to solo over, while more advanced soloists will want to play over the form. Billy uses a great off-beat-based, double stop accompaniment style, and the melody lies easily on violin. Watch the temptation to use too much vibrato!
It Never Entered My Mind (Download)
(Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate) This ballad features a simple ostinato bass line in the cello, legato double stop accompaniment in the second violin (which can also be divided between viola/violin or 2nd violin/3rd violin), and a simple melody which can be interpreted by the 1st violin very broadly. This also works well with a freely improvised cello solo as an intro to the tune.
Bobby's Bad Chart (Download)
A fully transcribed chart of Christian Howes' "Bobby's Bad." Arranged by Dominic Marino.
Out Of The Blue Chart (Download)
A full transcription of Christian Howes' "Out Of The Blue." Arranged by Dominic Marino.
This arrangement of "Spain," the Chick Corea jazz standard, was arranged by James Anderson. The arrangement is for jazz violin and full orchestra.
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