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Exploring Jazz Violin part 2

with Chris Haigh

This is part 2 of Chris Haigh's acclaimed video course. By the end of this course, you'll be comfortable playing jazz violin and improvising at a jam night or gig!

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

Instrument Violin

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28 lessons · 1h 46m

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 covers the second half of his best-selling book Exploring Jazz Violin and takes you from basic chord construction to playing advanced harmonies inspired by the greats. The course ends with a lesson called "The Big Night", getting you prepared for your first live gig!

In this course Chris starts out showing you very 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!

Chris will teach you the fundamentals of chords:

  • chord construction
  • Major7, minor7 and flat7 chords
  • The II-V-I
  • understanding the cycle of fifths
  • diminished and augmented chords
  • Minor 7b5/7b9
  • slash and sus chords
  • learning the styles of jazz violin greats such as Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venutti, Stuff Smith and Jean-Luc Ponty

Ideally, you'll have taken the first part of the course to get familiar with jazz playing and improvisation.

Throughout the course, Chris will use several jazz melodies to demonstrate particular ideas and the course comes with backing tracks so you can play along and try your own ideas and improvisation.

If you want to master jazz playing and improvisation, then this is the course for you - let's get started!

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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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