Become a More Versatile, Confident, & Creative Musician
- Ultimate Scale Resource
Think, “Flesch, Galamian, and Kreutzer for contemporary players." Scales are provided in extended range for violin, viola, and cello in all twelve keys. The forward explains how to optimize scale practice to develop harmonic fluency.
- Ultimate Arpeggio Resource
All commonly used seventh chords are provided in all inversions for violin, cello, and viola, in all keys. The extensive forward outlines how to use this book to expand your harmonic vocabulary and improvise with greater comfort and ease.
- 70-page Violin Harmony Handbook
Packed with practice exercises, a chord glossary, and solo transcriptions. It’s like Paganini for improvisers.“..An incredible resource; really well thought-out, lot’s of great ideas & exercises.”
- Electric Violin Training Kit
A must-have primer on amplified string playing.
- Easy Tonal Improvisation Workbook
By popular demand. Learn to improvise over tonal chord progressions quickly and easily.
- Chromatic Universe Chromatic Etudes
Expand your musical pallete.
4ths (Quartal) Etudes
Simple Chords for Violin, Viola, and Cello
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About me, Christian Howes:
Classically trained from age 5, I became curious in my teens.
That curiosity helped me go beyond classical, find my creative voice, and teach what I learned.
While an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, my work was adopted, and is still used, as required study for all string majors.
Since then I’ve taught classes at Juilliard, Eastman, Oberlin, Miami, and other colleges, schools, and conferences, while refining my curriculum.
I founded“Creative Strings“, an organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, annual conferences, and hundreds of visits to schools as a clinician for orchestra students and a teacher trainer.
I was voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“Rising Stars/Violin”), named among the top three jazz violinists in the JazzTimes critics poll, and nominated for Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association.
More importantly, I’ve helped thousands of musicians just like you develop the confidence and ability to…
You'll be able to...
In short, you'll be ready to thrive as a musician and/or teacher on your own terms.
I support every student whether you’re an adult learner, private studio teacher, elite classical player, or an established star like the people below.
Players who credit my teaching:
Grammy-winning Cajun fiddler
the most recorded Nashville Session Fiddle Player today
(Turtle Island String Quartet)
(Rhythm Futures Quartet)
Gain a Clear Method for Harmony, Improvisation, & Contemporary Styles
Because of our training, most string players struggle to hear and apply harmony.
We’re led to assume that if we listen and try harder, we’ll get it. This causes wasted time, frustration, and limiting beliefs like thinking, “I’m not a creative type”…or, “I’ll never learn to improvise…”
Like most Suzuki kids, I was proud of my ears- Until I tried to hear the harmonies.
I struggled to recognize chords.
I struggled to hear melodies which were different from classical melodies.
Finally I found a way to recognize and follow the chords of songs.
How to Visualize Harmony on a String Instrument
I made a simple diagram to see the chords, and came up with exercises to internalize them. After 10 minutes with these exercises, you’ll have a “night and day” revelation about harmony; and a clear way to never feel lost again.
After that, I’ll show you:
The best part: You’ll accomplish more in less time by changing the way you practice.
Play in Different Styles
Once you can see chords on your instrument, playing different styles is much easier. I’ll help you understand the differences between fiddle tunes, pop, Latin, Jazz, and other styles. I’ll break down the melodies, bass lines, inner voices, and grooves.
Master Your Creative Process
When you practice, do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions?
I’ll show you how to create something new every time you pick up your instrument, regardless of your technical ability or knowledge of theory. After 20 minutes with my Free Improvisation course, you’ll be creating things you never thought possible.
Classical training is great- but it leaves huge gaps in our musical skills and awareness
Bridge those gaps with my clear methods to help you gain comfort with Harmony, Style/Rhythmic Forms, & your Creative Process.
Whether you’re just beginning to go beyond classical, an intermediate improviser, or advanced, you’ll become a more versatile and creative player (or teacher) with access to all materials, including video trainings, PDF’s, and backing tracks.
Training for All Levels (Violin, Viola, & Cello)
- Jazz Scales for Violin, Viola, and Cello (eBook Download)
Scales in extended range for violin, viola, and cello in all keys. Including my 6-step approach for how to practice them, so you can throw away your Galamian, Flesch, or other scale books.
- Arpeggios for Jazz Violin, Cello, and Viola (eBook Download)
Seventh chords are provided in all inversions for the ranges of violin, cello, and viola, in all keys. The extensive forward outlines how to use this book to expand your harmonic vocabulary and improvise with greater comfort and ease.
- Free Improvisation Master Series (mulltimedia course)
Begin creating now regardless of your current level. Gain concrete steps to help you develop a personal sound. Develop a clear value system for improvisation in any setting.
- Teaching Improvisation (Video Series)
A must-have primer on amplified string playing.
- Jazz Violin Harmony Fundamentals (Multimedia Course)
This unit includes the 70-page violin harmony handbook packed with conceptual, intuitive, and analytical exercises, a chord glossary, and solo transcriptions (Think "Pganini for improvisers""). Concepts re demonstrated in a series of videos.
- Easy Tonal Improvisation (Multimedia Course)
Great for all levels of classically trained players with basic reading skills. Using the “chord stacks” diagram, you’ll glide through chord progressions, literally connecting the dots to form coherent melodies, accompaniments, or arrangements in many styles. Also great for making your own Youtube covers, looping, arranging your parts for a band, and more.
- Bach Prelude for Electric Violin and Loop Pedal (Multimedia Course)
A four-part series related to my arrangement of Bach’s Prelude No. 1 in G Major. Use a loop pedal to create layers of improvisations. Gain insights into odd time signatures and structuring your improvisation with more variety.
- Blues Improvisation Series (Multimedia Course)
If you want to sound “less classical-sounding”, this will help you play more authentically within Blues-related idioms including Pop, Rock, R and B, Jazz, Gospel, or Hip Hop. Learn to develop harmonic tension and release by combining two blues scales (most people miss out on this!)
- How to Play Bossa and Samba for Bowed Strings (Multimedia Course)
While Bossa and Sambas are traditional forms from Brazil, they’re at the core of more music than you probably realize. You’ll learn how to feel the clave and adapt your melodies to fit the clave. You’ll also be able to create your own accompaniment parts and learn to arrange songs in these styles.
- Bebop Scale Master Series (Multimedia Course)
Improve your harmonic fluency by adding this common jazz scale to your vocabulary. and increase your comfort and ease playing faster over ii-V-I progressions.
- Diminished Scale Master Series (Multimedia Course)
Internalize both the sound and mechanics of the diminished scale on the violin, viola, or cello. Learn how to apply this essential sonic color over dominant chords.
- Melodic Minor Scale Master Series (Multimedia Course)
The melodic minor scale is one of the essential tools used by expert jazz players to express modern jazz vernacular, and in this series you’ll quickly understand how to add this sound to your vocabulary.
You'll also discover:
"Is it right for me?"
If you can say “yes” to any of these questions, I believe you’re a perfect fit for the Creative Strings Academy.
If you spend as little as two hours per week with this course, you’ll gain these takeaways:
The Best Part:
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