How to Play Pop Music on Violin without sounding soo Classical

A bunch of you told me you wanted to know how to play pop music on violin without sounding so classical. So this is for that. I used the song Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa and cover: rhythm exercises (slow down the video if it’s too hard) how to play the vocal melody on Read more about How to Play Pop Music on Violin without sounding soo Classical[…]

How to Use Loop Pedals to Practice, Perform, or Teach

I received a question today from a Creative Strings Academy member about “how to use looping and loop pedals” to practice and develop as a musician. Here is his question and my answer below:

The Psychology of Improvisation: Jazz Fiddle Wizard, Martin Norgaard

UPDATE: You can find a full replay of Dr. Norgaard and myself discussing psychology in performance and improvisation in the Creative Strings Academy. This replay is exclusive to members only!   What happens in the brain during improvisation, and how do we use this to get better at improvising? This is exactly the thing Dr. Martin Read more about The Psychology of Improvisation: Jazz Fiddle Wizard, Martin Norgaard[…]

Creative String Teachers Inspire Generations of String Players

In May when I visited to work with (orchestra director) Clark Chaffee’s string program at Stevenson High School I was pleasantly shocked to learn that he requires every student to write their own composition, including bass lines, inner voices, counterpoint, melody, and chord progression. Perfect!! As far as I’m concerned, his curriculum should be adapted by every classical music education program in the country. His worksheet is really well done and should enable any music student to understand and execute a decent piece of “tonal” music. And it’s a direct refutation of anyone who thought this couldn’t be done.