Podcasts

  1. Rockstar Violinist Episode 4: Tina Guo

    Rockstar Violinist Podcast episode 4 with cellist Tina Guo

    Tina Guo is an internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated virtuoso cellist, recording artist, and composer. With a multi-faceted career and mastery in a wide range of genres, her passion for musical exploration, artistic expression, and technology are expressed through live performance and visual media. Tina can also be heard as a featured soloist in many Blockbuster Film, Television, and Game scores.

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  2. Rockstar Violinist Episode 3: Rachel Grace

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    Los Angeles based Dutch violinist Rachel Grace has been a pioneer in mixing virtuoso violin skills with electronic dance music.

    Rachel studied at the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands, plays anything from classical music to EDM, and is known for her improvisational skills. She plays both electric and acoustic violin and loves to arrange, compose and produce music.

    Rachel recorded with and performed for: DJ Tiesto, Annie Lennox, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Juanes, Daughtry, Tonight Show, Jane the Virgin, Usher, Will.I.Am, Marc Anthony and many others.

    She also plays solo shows/events and tours with her electric string band Saga Strings. Learn more about Rachel Grace at www.rachelgracemusic.com.


    0:00Intro: 'Aerodynamic' by Daft Punk, performed by Saga Strings
    2:36Rachel's musical upbringing
    4:14Unfortunate mishap with an 18th-century violin & a high heel
    7:23"Sketchy places lend themselves better to electric."
    10:46Rebelling at conservatory / improvising by ear
    12:42First electric violin
    14:48First EDM gig
    19:59Coming to the U.S. -- meeting Usher & other music celebs
    26:15Music: 'Sing2Me' by Thomas Gold, performed by Saga Strings
    28:20Backstage with Elton John
    30:00Some of the stars Rachel has played with or performed for
    34:30"Would you do this with an electric guitar player?"
    42:13Playing with Saga Strings
    44:24On the importance of learning electric violin technology
    45:50Rig rundown
    49:21Emulating sounds without using effects processors
    52:03Outro music: a spontaneous improv in Rachel's studio
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  3. Rockstar Violinist Episode 2: Evan Garr

    Rockstar Violinist podcast episode 2: Evan Garr interview

    Evan Garr is an up and coming jazz violinist currently touring with legendary jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist Al Di Meola. Hailing from Detroit, Evan was discovered at a young age and has spent years perfecting his technical sound and unique style. Evan also writes, performs and records his own music. Enjoy this interview and be sure visit www.evangarrviolinist.com to hear more of Evan's music.


    0:00Music: “Race with the Devil” Al Di Meola w/Evan Garr
    2:48On his musical upbringing and moving from classical into jazz
    8:29Getting into instrument building
    9:53Evan’s current electric violin
    11:34Early gigs (Norman Connors)
    13:30Music: “A New Beginning” from The Chill Out Album, Evan Garr
    15:29How Evan landed a gig with Al Di Meola
    21:26Evan’s rhythm “guitar” and bowing techniques
    26:30Music: “Play Time” - from The Chill Out Album - Evan Garr
    28:50Playing with Jean-Luc Ponty
    29:54On how he learns jazz lines by ear
    32:59Evan’s practice routine
    34:46Looking ahead to new career opportunities
    37:52Music: 313 - The Live Experience featuring Evan Garr
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  4. Rockstar Violinist Podcast Episode 1: Mark Wood

    Rockstar Violinist podcast episode 1: Mark Wood interview

    In the inaugural episode of the 'Rockstar Violinist' podcast, Electric Violin Shop's Matt Bell interviews rock violin legend and electric violin pioneer Mark Wood on the floor of the NAMM show. Mark Wood shares stories about:

    • his classical viola upbringing
    • his entry into rock music
    • his experiences performing and touring with world renowned acts like Celine Dion and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
    • his invention of the Viper electric violin, first as a performance instrument for himself, then as the flagship instrument for his instrument company Wood Violins.
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  5. Creative Strings Podcast ep. 18 - Changing Perceptions and Culture with 'Black Violin'

    In episode 18 of the Creative Strings Podcast, Christian Howes talks with Kev Marcus and Will Baptiste of Black Violin about how they got started, their influences and goals, how they created such a powerful movement around their work, and what this means for the string world and culture in general.

    Key topics:
    • How Kev and Wil discovered their musical sound
    • Their atypical education as string players
    • The core of their powerful message
    • Stereotypes they have busted through and their attitude about these stereotypes
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  6. Creative Strings Podcast Episode 14/15 - Songwriting Strategies: A 360 Degree Approach w/ Mark Simos

    Mark Simos, associate professor in songwriting at Berklee College of Music and author of Songwriting Strategies: A 360º Approach joins Christian Howes to discuss the process of capturing song ideas and developing them into full songs or compositions. In part 1 of this two-part episode you will learn about learn about:
    • The 360 degree approach
    • “Song Seeds” – how to capture a short idea and grow it into a full composition
    • Translating song seeds across variations in lyric, melody, rhythm and harmony
    • Using different forms of restraint to enhance your creativity
    Part 2 covers:
    • Improvisation as a historic part of the classical composition process
    • Songwriting and improvisation as part of a balanced music education
    • Tune writing and generating new material
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  7. Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 13 - Violinist.com founder Laurie Niles

    At the Heart of the violin world, Violinist.com founder Laurie Niles sits down with Christian Howes to discuss the start-up and success of one of the largest communities of violinists across all styles and experience levels. Scroll down to listen in on:Christian and Laurie
    • The exciting early days of the internet and the evolution of violinist.com as a medium
    • Characteristics of violinists and the violin community
    • Bridging the gap and finding common ground between beginners, teachers, elite players…
    • Things that are working in the business of classical music
    • What the classical vs creative violin communities share alike
    • much more
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  8. Creative Strings Podcast Ep 12: Social Media & Entrepreneurship for Musicians with Colin Thomson

    ModernMusician.co‘s Colin Thomson joins Christian Howes to discuss social media and business strategies for musicians. Listen below for straight talk on:
    • How to build an audience across social media platforms
    • Key tips for musicians on Instagram
    • Ways to grow revenue as a musician
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  9. Creative Strings Podcast episode 11: Storytelling, Philosophy, & Old Time Fiddle with Joe McHugh

    At the intersection of story telling, philosophy, and old time fiddle music lives Joe McHugh. Scroll down to take a journey! Listen and discover:
    • How to recognize and employ story telling in everything around us
    • Envisioning silence as a canvas. “It’s all silence”
    • The violin as literary symbol and bridge to other dimensions
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  10. Creative Strings Podcast, Ep 10: 'Young Guns' Discuss Practicing

    Christian sits down with four of the hottest young Creative Strings players to discuss practice techniques, exercises, moving between various fiddle styles, and more.  Listen in with or without your instrument to develop specific practice strategies and gain tons of insights into your own creative musicianship including:
    • Conceptual approaches for practicing and structuring improvisation
    • Tricks for better internalizing harmony
    • Connections between fiddle styles and jazz
    • Tone production across different styles
    • Dexterity exercises
    • Playing faster
    • Rhythmic exercises away from your instrument
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  11. Creative Strings Podcast Episode 9: Electric Violin Shop - Getting The Best Amplified String Sound

    In episode 9, our own Duncan Monserud joins Christian to discuss a comprehensive range of topics concerning strings amplification. Among the many topics discussed are:
    • Common misconceptions about electric bowed string instruments (04:00)
    • Different means of amplification and the advantages/disadvantages of each (08:53)
    • Microphones vs. pickups and the different types of both (10:05 - 31:33)
    • Solid-body electric instruments (31:34 - 38:48)
    • Amps, preamps and PA systems (39:48 - 51:35)
    • Effects pedals and multi-effects (51:35 - 55:29)
    • The many uses of phrase looping (55:57 - 1:00:16)
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  12. Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 8 - How to Get More Gigs as a Performing Musician

    In episode 8, Christian gets down to business--music business that is--in his interview with Tiffany L. Goodman of Goodman Artists. Tiffany has been representing artists in jazz, classical and world music since 2009. Topics covered in this information-packed conversation include:
    • the importance of video in your marketing
    • tips for building a presence with photos, a website, and social media
    • the difference between a manager and agent
    • tips for cold calling and using your network
    • how to develop and maintain an agent-artist relationship
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  13. Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 7 — Conductor Markand Thakar On Achieving Transcendent Musical Performances (Part 2)

    Episode 7 is part two of Christian Howes's interview with conductor Markand Thakar, music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and co-director of graduate conducting at the Peabody Conservatory. This half of the interview explores more concepts from Thakar’s book Looking for the “Harp” Quartet: An Investigation into Musical Beauty, including:
    • Fundamental elements of totality of the sound
    • Balance, playing in ensembles, tempo, tone
    • Teaching and conducting
    Visit christianhowes.com for further notes, links and information about the topics discussed in this episode, as well as a full listing of the tracks used as musical samples. Visit electricviolinshop.com/creativestrings to receive a special discount for Christian Howes listeners!
     
     
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  14. Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 6 — Conductor Markand Thakar On Achieving Transcendent Musical Performances (Part 1)

    Episode 6 is part one in a two-part interview between Christian Howes and conductor Markand Thakar, music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and co-director of graduate conducting at the Peabody Conservatory. This fist half of the interview delves into several concepts from Thakar’s book Looking for the “Harp” Quartet: An Investigation into Musical Beauty, including:
    • How music can move all of us
    • How to convey deeper beauty through music
    • The creation and release of tension on the micro and macro levels.
    Visit christianhowes.com for further notes, links and information about the topics discussed in this episode, as well as a full listing of the tracks used as musical samples. Visit electricviolinshop.com/creativestrings to receive a special discount for Christian Howes listeners!
     
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  15. Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 5 -- Jason Anick on Jazz Violin Practice

    Jazz violinist Jason Anick is an instructor at Berklee College of Music and at the annual summer Creative Strings Workshop and Festival.  Jason was brought up on classical violin training, yet as early as his teenage years he began finding ways to incorporate jazz and other styles into his formal musical training.  In school, although studying the classical violin, his ensembles were all jazz groups. Listen to the podcast to learn how Jason combined the best of classical and jazz practice routines to develop bulletproof musicianship, including
    • his routines and regimens — scales, transcriptions, improvising, working with backing tracks, self-recordings
    • his successful mindset for doing business as an artist and maintaining a confident and striving optimism in the music industry
    Visit christianhowes.com for further notes, links and information about the topics discussed in this episode, as well as a full listing of the tracks used as musical samples. Visit electricviolinshop.com/creativestrings to receive a special discount for Christian Howes listeners!

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  16. Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 4 -- Performance Psychology for Musicians with Dr. Noa Kageyama

    Dr. Noa Kageyama is the founder of the Bulletproof Musician and holds a Master's degree in Violin Performance from Julliard and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Indiana University.  In this episode of the Creative Strings Podcast Dr. Kageyama discusses how to practice for performance in order to overcome distraction, nerves and stage fright and stay in the creative moment during musical performance. Visit christianhowes.com for further notes, links and information about the topics discussed in this episode, as well as a full listing of the tracks used as musical samples. Visit electricviolinshop.com/creativestrings to receive a special discount for Christian Howes listeners!

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  17. Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 3 -- Matt Glaser on Music Education, Improvisation, and Mindfulness

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    In this episode of the Creative Strings Podcast, Christian Howes talks with Matt Glaser, an accomplished Jazz and Bluegrass violinist and the Artistic Director of the American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music.  This is a great episode both for students aspiring to learn improvisation and alternative styles, as well as for string teachers navigating the changing terrain of strings education in this era of stylistic diversity. Visit christianhowes.com for further notes, links and information about the topics discussed in this episode, as well as a full listing of the tracks used as musical samples. Visit electricviolinshop.com/creativestrings to receive a special discount for Christian Howes listeners!

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  18. Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 2 – Randall Williams: How an Indie Musician Bootstrapped Tours on Veggie Fuel and why he Let it Go

    Creative Strings Podcast is a production of Christian Howes, sponsored by Electric Violin Shop Randall WilliamsIn this episode, Christian interviews singer/songwriter Randall Williams about the many creative ways he engineered a career in music. Randall explains how he got his foot in the door by offering value to (as opposed to asking for money from) music stores, manufacturers and distributors, folk festivals and his audiences. Learn more about Randall Williams, his music and his travels at whereisrandall.com. Visit christianhowes.com for further notes, links and information about the topics discussed in this episode, as well as a full listing of the tracks used as musical samples. Visit electricviolinshop.com/creativestrings to receive a special discount for Christian Howes listeners!

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  19. Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 1 - Billy Contreras: Inspired Insights from a Country Fiddler and Jazz Master

    Creative Strings Podcast is a production of Christian Howes, sponsored by Electric Violin Shop Jazz violinist Billy Contreras sat down with Christian Howes live at the 2014 Creative Strings Workshop to discuss Billy’s life, music, and more in the first episode of the brand new Creative Strings Podcast.  The conversation is interspersed with a progression of amazing clips of Billy's playing from when he was young through to today.  In these clips you will hear Billy's evolution and incredible stylistic variety, and the discussion gives insight into Billy's improvisational thought process.

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    Visit christianhowes.com for further notes, links and information about the topics discussed in this episode, as well as a full listing of the tracks used as musical samples. Visit electricviolinshop.com/creativestrings to receive a special discount for Christian Howes listeners!
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  20. Artist Interview Series: Scott Laird

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    Nationally renowned string educator Scott Laird joins us to discuss his views on the use of amplification in string education. Scott is the Fine Arts Coordinator at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where he also teaches strings and conducts the orchestra. He serves as a clinician on behalf of NS Design instruments and D'Addario strings and is a frequent presenter at ASTA and MENC conferences. You may listen to our full conversation above and we encourage you to visit the following sites for more of Scott's teaching and materials, which are excellent resources for string educators and students alike! Music credit: "Wherever You Are," written and recorded by Scott Laird, from his 1998 CD Free Way
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