How to Practice Harmony on Violin, Viola, & Cello

Ever feel like you’re just going through the motions in the practice room?

Are you ready to try something different than those same old tired scale routines?

My six-step scale approach will help you:

-internalize harmony

-master fingerboard geography

-gain comfort with improvisation and other genres of music

-save time practicing.

If not, I’ll publish a video of myself playing Devil Went Down to Georgia in my underwear on a cold day…

Watch the video below for a demonstration of some of the exercises. 

 

 

To get the final steps in my process and part two of the video, purchase the Ebook below.

It’s on sale now for just $14.95.

Plus if you act now I will send you my course on tonal improvisation for free (normally $24.95).

Get the book, part 2 of the video, and my course on tonal improvisation as a free bonus:

Jazz Scales for Violin, Viola, and Cello eBook (Download Only - Click Below to add to cart)
A must-have for any improvising string player, this resource lays out scales commonly used in Jazz and other contemporary styles in extended range for violin, viola, and cello in all twelve keys. The introduction explains how to optimize practice to develop harmonic fluency while using this book as a visual aid and time saver.
Price: $19.95
Price: $14.95

Takeaways from the book:


-Visualize a key signature as a palette across the instrument in any position 

-Combine right arm and left arm technique with improvisation and harmonic internalization

– Develop technical and harmonic freedom with less practice time

-Have more fun practicing

-Apply to any genre from folk styles, R&B, Rock, Jazz, Latin, and more

-Gain the ability to improvise across chord progressions and tunes with greater ease and speed

 

Here’s an excerpt: Play voice led “scale pairs” (A pattern alternating between two scales. For example: Play one bar of a pattern in G melodic minor followed by one bar of D altered) Practice multiple jazz scales on violin, viola, and cello

 

 

 

 

 

-Get my recommended list of “chord pairs” in the book and in part 2 of the video.

-Get Step 6 and beyond in the book and in part two of the video.

 

If you’ve “been meaning” to go beyond your classical training…

 

Let’s Get Real

I want you to take a quick second to take a little journey with me…

Let’s imagine for a second your life is going to stay the same. 

You’ll feel weighed down by the same gigs, knowing you could do so much more as a musician if you just got over the hump that’s been keeping you stuck.

You’ll have the same musical frustrations.

And they won’t EVER go away.

I want you to vividly picture what that would look like.

How would you feel?

I know it may be painful to think about…but it’s important to understand there is a cost of doing NOTHING.

I’m not trying to be harsh. I just know that sometimes the best way to improve is to realize you want more.

If you don’t decide to take action and make a change then how can you expect things to improve?

The scary thing is that scenario is more realistic than you may realize.

Just think, how long have you wanted to make a change?

“If you keep doing what you’ve been doing for the past year, 2 years, or 5 years and nothing has changed…then how can you expect the next few years to be any different.”

So do something about it. Take control.

Don’t get stuck in your current patterns. Take action.

Most people view paying for a solution as a cost, yet they rarely realize there is also a cost to doing nothing.

But you’re not most people. You’re willing to grow and improve. Act on it.

During this limited time promotion, you’ll get this book on sale for just $14.95

-You’ll get my game-changing course on tonal improvisation in your inbox for FREE within 24 hours (normally $24.95)

-You’ll get Part 2 of the video demonstrating all the exercises in the scale practice that’s been at the foundation of my harmonic development, and at the core of what I taught my students at Berklee College of Music.

Jazz Scales for Violin, Viola, and Cello eBook (Download Only - Click Below to add to cart)
A must-have for any improvising string player, this resource lays out scales commonly used in Jazz and other contemporary styles in extended range for violin, viola, and cello in all twelve keys. The introduction explains how to optimize practice to develop harmonic fluency while using this book as a visual aid and time saver.
Price: $19.95
Price: $14.95

Check out the companion books (and courses):

Arpeggios for Jazz Violin, Viola, and Cello

 

The Violin Harmony Handbook

How to Play Bossa and Samba 

and many more

 

 

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