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January 18, 2016

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December 28, 2015

We have added our highly anticipated, 16-part series entitled “Anatomy Of A Groove” here to the Creative Strings Academy. This series breaks down the components necessary to build your own groove, elements of a great solo, and using technology to help practice. This also features two bonus videos, including a sample solo from Christian Howes and a course on the different effects available on the electric violin.

Start learning about the Anatomy Of A Groove now! (Also available on the right sidebar)


December 11, 2015

We’ve added a Diminished Scale practice exercise under the Diminished Scale section – check it out now!


December 4, 2015 – New Videos

Click the images below to check out the latest Play Along videos. Here, Christians shares various tips and techniques for playing in the Blues and Swing styles, and then provides material for you to play along.

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August 13, 2015 – New Video

Click here or on the image below to head over to the Comping page and check out the latest video – Extended Techniques for Violin, Viola, & Cello! With this video, Christian revisits some chopping techniques, and addresses how to extend your creative practicing to discover your own extended techniques. Be sure to download the rhythmic accompaniment pdf.

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July 27, 2015 – We’ve added a new transcription of Christian performing “The Chicken” by Pee Wee Ellis at a concert with the Tucson Pop’s Orchestra. Check it out on the Transcriptions page!

Have you seen Jason Anick’s video page? Click here or click the image below to find his take on gypsy jazz and jazz violin performance.

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We’ve added a new video on Latin Jazz, a new approach to chopping, and a brand new section about improvisation in classical music: The Bach Prelude Series.

The Jazz Scales for Violin, Viola, and Cello eBook is now available under “Member eBooks” on the right sidebar. Click here to download it now!


Featured Video

“Concerto for Jazz Violin” by Scott Routenberg (performed by Christian Howes with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra)


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