Chris Haigh: Exploring Jazz Violin

Books and CDs | Violin

Publisher: Schott Music
Format: Books | Instrumental Tutor

Jazz is one of the biggest challenges a violinist can face, with the idea of improvisation likely to strike fear into even the best classical players. This book de-mystifies the whole process, taking you step by step through everything you need to know about playing jazz violin. Chris Haigh’s style has been described as humorous, entertaining and addictive. This book is anything but dull! Key areas covered include analyzing a chord sequence; bowing; chord symbols; how to construct your own solo and how the various different branches of jazz, including gypsy jazz, bebop, modal and fusion are explored. This book is packed with ‘bite-sized’ musical portions, all explained and placed in context. As well as a treasure chest full of licks and riffs to use in your improvisations, there are sample tunes with examples of solos. The accompanying CD has 65 tracks to listen to and play along with.

ISBN: 9781847612427
Skill Level: Intermediate Explain this
Published on: 02 March 2011
Language: English
Catalogue No: ED13351

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          London GB Professional violin/viola teacher
          This is an excellent book for established students and indeed teachers! It starts with the premise that while may know a lot about playing the violin, you may not know that much about playing jazz on the violin.
          The approach is logical and thorough, and right from the beginning establishes a process of how to work on the pieces. Each new element is explained clearly, with examples and exercises to back it all up.
          The accompanying CD is great and there are suggested listening lists at each stage to introduce and expand your knowledge of jazz and swing.
          A perfect book for independent learning, it's very accessible and not at all daunting for a classical student or teacher to use.
          I haven't found any bad points yet!
          Confirmed purchase: 23 April 2015
          Published on: 09 May 2015

          Musicroom Reviews

          Given a rave review in "The Strad" magazine by Chris Garrick (April 2011). I concur wholeheartedly. A really sensible, jargon-free course for those of us who aspire to play jazz on violin, whether or not we want to sound like Stephane Grappelli.
          Anonymous - (W Yorks)
          Fantastic book - perfect for classical musicians progressing to jazz for the first time. Great fun practising along to the backing tracks supplied on CD. Well done Chris!
          Anonymous - (Winchester, United Kingdom)
          This is one of the best tutor books I have ever used. You need to be able to play violin already, at about Grade 5 level or above to get the most out of his instructions and guidance. He introduces the subject of jazz violin or what might be called swing fiddle in an unfussy and inspiring way that gets you so involved that you are swinging before you know it. His method is to show you ways of improvising right from the start and provides a number of approaches to different licks giving you the basic building blocks for your own interpretations of the pieces in the book, all of which are amply supported by the accompanying CD tracks. A truly marvellous find!
          Anonymous - (Westbury, United Kingdom)
          Excellent book - very methodical in taking you through the basics of Jazz violin through to more complex aspects. The quality of the backing CD is fantastic and is a real joy to play along with. I would highly recommend this book.
          Anonymous - (Dorset, United Kingdom)

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