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Discovering Rock Violin

with Chris Haigh

The ultimate guide to rock violin, for violinists who want to learn how to play Contemporary / Rock style Violin and how to improvise!

Featuring top UK violinist, educator and author Chris Haigh, who's played with the likes of Alison Moyet, Bob Geldof and Morcheeba.

Instrument Violin

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46 lessons · 4h 09m

Chris Haigh is a pro violinist based in the UK. He's played with the likes of Alison Moyet, Bob Geldof and Morcheeba. He's also a world-renowned fiddle expert and educator.

This course is based on his best-selling book Discovering Rock Violin, and will get you playing rock and improvising on the violin in no time.

In this course, you'll start out with learning the basics of how to play as a rhythm player and easy ways to improvise, which he's perfected over years of teaching and workshops with classical and folk players who break out into a sweat at the mere thought of improvisation!

Learn the basics of Rock Violin playing, with a variety of topics that Chris covers in great detail including:

  • Soloing
  • Pentatonic scales
  • How to accompany
  • Follow chords and find your place
  • Rhythmic techniqes
  • The Blues
  • Modes of the major scale
  • Rock style licks and studies

Note that you need a small amount of theory knowledge to get started, but no rock experience at all!

Throughout the course, Chris will use several rock melodies to demonstrate particular ideas and you can follow along with the synched sheet music. Also, the course comes with downloadable backing tracks so you can play along and try your own ideas and improvisation.

If you want to learn how to play rock and improvise, then this is the course for you - let's dive in!

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Chris Haigh

Chris Haigh has been a professional fiddle player for 25 years, with experience covering many different genres. He has played in over 75 albums, working with artists including Alison Moyet, Bob Geldof, All About Eve, Michael Ball, David Soul, Oumou Sangari, The Quireboys, Riverdance, Morcheeba, James Galway and Steps.

He has played swing jazz with The Kimbara Brothers, Diz Disley, Le Jazz, The Hot Club of London, and the Quecumbar Allstars. He leads a 7-piece Soviet swing band - The Kremlinaires.

Chris gives lessons and workshops on jazz violin technique and has taught jazz violin at Middlesex, Brunel and Newcastle universities and Truro College. Writing credits include nine other fiddle books, including The Fiddle Handbook.

His website, www.fiddlingaround.co.uk, is probably the most comprehensive and widely visited source of fiddle information on the web.

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