Killer Technique: Upright Bass is designed to help open up your technique. It encourages an approach that will make you think and work hard in the practice room, but relax while performing. The content is geared toward an improvisatory approach. The lessons included are designed for pizzicato playing, but work just as well with arco. You will find exercises that present challenges to each hand. Above all, this book stresses that technique is a means to an end: creating beautiful music.
Jazz Fiddle Wizard Jr. is designed for beginning to intermediate middle and high school violinists in the tradition of the parent method, Jazz Fiddle Wizard--a break-through approach for string players who want to learn to improvise within the jazz style. No step is left out in this sequentially arranged introduction to the role of rhythm, call and response, articulation, scales, and chord changes in jazz improvisation. The exercises are turned into catchy tunes arranged to work in any configuration of string groups. That is, three-part arrangements for each tune may be played with any number of like instruments or in conjunction with Jazz Viola Wizard Jr. and Jazz Cello Wizard Jr. books. Suitable as a self-instruction book or for use in private and/or group string instruction, Jazz Fiddle Wizard Jr. contains piano accompaniment parts as well as audio that provides a full rhythm section accompaniment for every exercise and tune. The appropriate tone and style are modeled by the author's performances of more than 50 sample exercises and improvised solos. Includes access to online audio.
(Instructional). Charlie Bisharat, renowned violinist for John Tesh, offers every violinist the tools and skill necessary to play improvised music! This book/CD pack contains everything you need to know about groove and feel, playing over chord changes, and extended techniques.