Improvisation and Contemporary Styles for Bowed String Players
Presented by Baiju Bhatt and Christian Howes
This intensive mini-conference includes masterclasses, group lessons, and chamber music coaching for performers and teachers on bowed strings seeking professional development.
Creative Musicianship– Free Improvisation, Arranging, Composition, Modal, Harmonic, and Rhythmic internalization, Contemporary styles, and related subjects.
Performers and teachers of all levels are welcome, including advanced jazz players and those with no improvisation training. Teen, adult, professional and amateur are all welcome.
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- Become creatively self-expressed and develop your musical voice.
- Internalize harmony on your instrument
- Become fluent in contemporary styles so you can jam with musicians outside of classical music.
- Be able to use amplification and effects.
- Get gigs and expand career opportunities
- Teachers: Gain age-appropriate sequences to share with students
- Gain comfort in improvisation, composition, and arranging.
Improvisation, Contemporary Styles, and Related subjects for classically trained string players.
Tonal Improvisation, Arranging, and Composition
Through a series of interactive exercises, participants will learn how to create functional melodies over chord progressions.
Improvisation and composition are demystified as we discover how to construct melodies, bass lines, and accompaniment parts.
Participants will improvise over chord progressions in a wide variety of styles.
* This session integrates composition, voice leading, arranging, contemporary styles/techniques, and tonal improvisation.
Amplification, Looping, & Effects In The Classroom, Practice Room, & Stage
Short/description: This session presents an overview of how to use loops and effects as a tool for teaching, practice, and performance. Gain insights into how to create loops and how to go beyond the basics.
Blues, as a historical and cultural phenomenon
As a literary form
As a musical form – Harmonically/Melodically/Rhythmically, in many iterations
The practice of combining the major and minor pentatonic and/or blues scales
Examining how bass lines and inner voice patterns show up in common iterations of 12 bar blues, and various common rhythmic/dance forms.
Free Improvisation and Non-Tonal Composition
Participants will compose in small groups using “composition games.” During this interactive session you will feel empowered to perform your compositions and apply what you learned in your daily practice or teaching.
Conducted Group Improvisation
Using cue cards and a system of hand signals, Christian teaches and leads conduction of large group improvisation. Engage in call and response, looping, vamps, modal grooves, occasional musical chaos.
Participants can also conduct the ensemble!
Conduction is a popular practice among contemporary ensembles worldwide, including small groups and even orchestras.
Christian’s approach to conduction borrows from a variety of sources and caters to the skill set of classically trained string players.
Modal approach to improvisation: Advanced and/or Intermediate. How to apply a modal approach as an improviser, arranger, or composer.
Internalizing Harmony on the Violin, Viola, and Cello
Applying harmony on violin, viola, and cello. Including voice leading arpeggios, scales, and double stops and triple stops. Internalizing chord progressions via bass line, inner voices, and sequential patterns.
Music Business –
The Music Biz Mastermind seminar is based on the program Christian has used to help many professional musicians attract more projects, gigs, students, and clients, as detailed in testimonials from graduates HERE.
Partners: Compagnie Albertine, EJMA, Red Sun Prod.
Creative Strings is a non-profit cultural organization with a mission to support and transform music education through outreach, summer conference, and online curriculum.