violinist, teacher, composer, arranger

Arranging for strings

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Learn to use strings in your compositions and arrangements! From romantic chord pads to powerful grooves to gut-wrenching passionate melodies, strings do it all. This book presents time-tested techniques and contemporary developments in writing and arranging for strings. You'll learn strategies for authentic writing in many different styles and find ideas to take your personal sound forward. Discover voicings that work best for each project and explore the intricacies of bowing. Hear articulation approaches from pads to chopping in the online audio examples. See how other composers have used strings to heighten the impact of their music in the written examples. Make your work stand out with the drama and depth that well informed string writing can bring.

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Berklee practice method

Get your band together! The Berklee Practice Method is the first-ever method that teaches you to play in a rock band. Learn how to listen, interact and respond, improvise, and become part of the groove. The book and play-along CD will help you improve your timing, technique and reading ability through examples in a wide variety of styles. The Berklee Practice Method is available for many instruments, and each book is based on the same songs, in the same key, to facilitate jamming with other players.

Lessons throughout this book guide you through technique that is specific to playing the violin in a contemporary ensemble. Topics covered include: warming up; establishing a practice routine; learning by ear; theory and technique; rhythmic interpretation; reading; improvising; song form; interpreting lead sheets; and so much more!