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April 17, 2020

Play Along Lessons- Age 8-12 (Late Elementary-Early Middle School)

Here are all of the play along lessons appropriate for the students around the age of 8-12. Included are Christian’s solos on the relevant backing tracks, to show what your students will be able to do if they follow through with the skills in the video! 

All of the backing tracks for this series can be found here.

Check out the YouTube playlist, containing all the Done-For-You Play Along Lessons.

D Major Play-Along

A simple play-along lesson using all notes from the D Major scale. 

Fiddle Bowing

Learn the basics of fiddle bowing and rhythm.

Happy Music/Serious Skills

Get your sense of humor on and your creativity flowing with these improv exercises.  

Pop/R&B Waltz Series

Play melodies along with a beautiful chord progression in waltz time (3/4). This series includes partner content specifically for cello and bass students.



A creative-from-the-start approach to vibrato, emphasizing the relationship to intonation.

Southern Soul/Feel Good Pop

Learn to build a basic pop/soul groove and play melodies overtop with Christian Howes!


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