April 3, 2013

How To Use This Program

Whether you’re an intermediate or advanced player, a teacher, or a classroom student, there are many resources available here to help you grow, including instructional videos, worksheets, and backing tracks. These can all be accessed via the sidebar on the Member Home Page. I am committed to continue developing these in response to your ongoing feedback and requests.

At the end of each module, there are suggestions about which module to examine next, although they may be approached in any order as the individual’s interest dictates. The suggestions are designed for a comprehensive, progressive experience for a relative beginner.

For beginning improvisers and classroom projects, I recommend starting with the two “essential curriculum” modules. 

  • 1) The “Tonal Improv” module will teach you to use a chord-tone-based approach to tonal improvisation using “Chord Stacks”. Follow the instructions in this self-contained module.
  • 2) The “Free Improv” series is a series of 5 videos which are designed to help conquer general fears surrounding the choices involved in improvisation (what do I even play?). Watch each video, then record yourself (video or audio) demonstrating the material taught in the video. Remember that you can always post your videos as a video response on my YouTube channel or email me a link to your “unlisted” Youtube videos if you wish to keep them private.

Feel free to contact me any time with questions or requests via:

My mobile phone: 614-332-8689

Email: chris@christianhowes.com

Skype: christianhowes21

Creative String players Facebook Group

-To set up private lessons with me via Skype, feel free to contact me.

– Classroom teachers: We can set-up a combination of activities to get your students involved. Feel free to contact me with any questions, or to schedule a visit to your school.