Ever wanted to take your violin, viola, or cello into a new musical context?
Zach Brock, violinist with fusion all-stars Snarky Puppy, provides a pathway for any musician to embracing improvisation and groove on stringed instruments, giving you the confidence and knowledge to join the jam and experiment with playing jazz, rock, pop - whatever you want!
Instrument Violin , Viola , Cello
Zach Brock is a Grammy Award-winning violinist and composer heralded as “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation." Zach is steeped in the traditions of jazz, classical, world, and popular music, and has enjoyed finding new ways to fuse them while on tour with the likes of Snarky Puppy and Stanley Clarke.
In this course Zach provides string players with a toolkit to take their playing beyond the traditional territory of strings. Zach shares the techniques and habits that got him off the page and led him to start experimenting on violin, as well as the practice hacks and exercises he now uses to stay sharp on the road. This course takes you quickly from the very basics of improvisation, to mastering modes and gaining fluency. Zach discusses what you can learn from past masters like Stéphane Grappelli, Stuff Smith, and Zbigniew Seifert, as well as current innovators such as Christian Howes and Casey Driessen. He deconstructs techniques such as 'the chop' and explains how to attain 'natural distortion' on your instrument, as well as discussing the use of electronic effects with stringed instruments.
Everything that Zach teaches won't compromise your classical or folk-fiddle techniques, it'll enhance it! After this course you'll realise that your violin, viola or cello is practically a whole new instrument with loads of exciting new musical possibilities to explore.
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