If you know how to play your instrument but you wish you could be more creative, you may be in the right place. The Creative Strings Academy provides easy online training in improvisation, composition, music business, technique, and more. You’ll discover jazz, blues, rock, fiddle and other styles, with clear answers to practical questions for string players, teachers, and any classically trained instrumentalist. With 24/7 access to over 200+ videos and course materials, you’ll benefit from the clear guidance of violinist Christian Howes.
What are the professionals saying?
“In addition to being a masterful musician, Christian is a wonderful and articulate teacher.”
Jeremy Kittel, Grammy Award winning member of the Turtle Island String Quartet
“Christian is an incredibly knowledgeable educator who is willing to push his students to the next level of playing. His incomparable facility on the instrument compliments his abilities both in the teaching field and in the performing field as well, being one of the greatest jazz violinists on the planet.”
Chase Potter, winner of the Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music
“(Christian is) technically incredible; (he) knows a vast array of techniques and sounds but (he) puts it down to the basics that people can grasp… I totally suggest this! Tune in!”
Michael Doucet, Cajun fiddle legend
With the Creative Strings Academy, you’ll learn:
- Jazz, blues, rock, folk styles, and more.
- Easy explanation of chords, scales, and music theory
- Beginning and advanced improvisers will benefit greatly
- Recognize chord progressions
- Create bass lines, grooves, strumming, chopping, and more
- Accompany and harmonize
Go beyond music!
- Learn how to go electric to amplify your violin, cello, viola, or bass
- Career/business tips – get more gigs while enjoying a wider variety of work
About Christian Howes – Violinist/Educator
A former Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music, Christian makes it easy to develop improvisation skills in many styles of music. A versatile performer in rock, jazz, blues, classical, and fiddle styles, he was awarded First Place (“Rising Stars / Violin”) in the 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll and nominated for “Violinist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association. He has recorded 13 albums, tours the world extensively, and has worked closely with Les Paul, Bill Evans, Victor Wooten, Dafnis Prieto, Robben Ford, and a long list of “A-List” musicians in jazz and other styles.