Resources for Creative String Players

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  1. Creative Strings Academy – Premium online course with over 250 instructional resources. (Take a free private lesson with me when you try it free for 30 days).

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 Play in a band. Jam sessions. Worship services. Explore Jazz, Americana, Blues, Latin, Contemporary Classical, Pop, whatever…  Get training designed especially for string players and classically trained musicians.

 Read Chord Charts

You can read music, but a chord chart?  I’ll take the mystery out of it for you.

 Play Different Styles

Jazz, folk, funk, latin, fiddle, rock… You can play with an orchestra, but what about playing with a drummer? You can play a concerto, but what about an improvised solo? Develop confidence in new musical situations, so the musicians in the band want to call you back.

 Effective Practice

Many classical musicians think they can’t improvise or learn other practical skills, but they just don’t know how or what to practice.  It’s as simple as that. As part of this course, I’m sending you a free scale book download and lots of other resources to help you get more out of your practice.

 Use Amplification

Gear, electric instruments, effects. Most players tell me they get overwhelmed and confused when it comes to this stuff. With this course, I’ll break it down.

Recording with a Loop Pedal by the 6th Lesson

Rachel and I learned so much practicing through the modules. I started with no cello improv skills beyond 2 pentatonic scales and by the 6th lesson I was recording videos for YouTube with a looper and trying his techniques in my own teaching.

Neil Gilfillan & Rachel Samson
Chili Dog Strings Suzuki Teaching Studio

Succinct and Engaging Resources

I still had a lot of things I didn't know, despite majoring in violin during my music education program in university. I'm enjoying all of the resources Chris has put together. I appreciate that Chris has lots of teaching and playing experience in which to have test driven these ideas, and are succinct and engaging in his videos.

Erin Foreman
Professional Violinist and Instructor

Pragmatic and Actionable Approach to Improvisation

I‘ve tried a few approaches to learn improvisation on violin but Christian’s approach was by far the most pragmatic and immediately actionable, without being reductionist.

Nona Lawrence



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