Download the new Ebook FREE on Amazon until Dec 25th. “Arpeggios for jazz violin,cello, and viola” , shows how to internalize 7th chord arpeggios in all inversions, an important step in mastering the fundamentals of jazz harmony on bowed string instruments.
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This is a (free)video for classically trained string players who have struggled with harmony and want to begin to learn improvisation. This is one video in a series of 8 with accompanying worksheet and audio backing tracks.
Watch the video below this post. You’ll see 2011 Creative Strings Workshop and Festival faculty member, Claudio Peña, conducting nearly 100 improvising cellists at the Botanical Garden in Buenos Aires. Using predetermined hand signals, Claudio leads the musicians through a beautiful and haunting musical arrangement composed in real time. His conducting can initiate or modify harmony, Read more about Claudio Peña, jazz cello innovator and 2011 CSW faculty[…]
This is the first part of a series covering the Creative String Music scene in New York City. This particular evening found many of us performing together at Jalopy in Brooklyn. I hadn’t seen Rufus in a while, and it was great to capture some of his solo performance and check in to see what he’s up to these days.
In a soon-to-follow blog I’ll showcase the performance which followed Rufus, by Joel Harrison‘s String Choir, performing the music of Paul Motian. It featured myself, violinist Sam Bardfeld, violist Mat Maneri, and cellist Choi Fairbanks as well as guitarist/composer Joel Harrison and guitarist Liberty Ellman. The videos below give a glimpse into the amazingly original playing of Rufus and a peek into his current activities and interests, as well as his explanation of “roots music”, a term I had heard often but never really understood.