Groove-based music requires a higher standard of rhythmic precision, so if you’re a classical player you should retrain yourself to approach these scenarios differently. And by the way, much of classical music is dance music. If you focus on learning how to groove, you’ll make people want to dance when you play Gavottes, Allegrettos, Rondos, Andantes, etc.., and that would be a good thing:) Chopping and strumming on the violin can be cool, but the coolest thing is always to never do harm to the music. So by all means, practice these techniques with a metronome and listen back to yourself to notice and improve your rhythm. In the meantime, on stage, heed the wisdom of jazz musicians and: “when in doubt, lay out”.
– The diversity of creative string players in the newest generation, and how we arrived here
– How classical string/music teachers can adapt to a changing musical world
“Inevitably the classical world has had to come to grips (with) this tsunami of young players playing fiddle tunes”
– “Micro-improvisation” and using skeletal melodies to develop comfort with improvisation…
– The “present moment” in performance..
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.
If you are a classically trained musician, especially a string player, and your goal is to play jazz and swing, or if you want to learn to groove in any style, I strongly suggest you make friends with the rhythm section!
For the seventh year in a row, Christian Howes’s Creative Strings Festival promises to inundate Columbus with the sound of strings! Violins, cellos, violas, and basses will be heard singing and wailing through bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, Latin, blues, avante garde and more at markets, theatres, restaurants, cafes, and clubs throughout Columbus. More than 50 string Read more about Concert Schedule for 2010 Creative Strings Festival[…]