Is the Creative Strings Academy right for me?

Are you are a string player or instrumentalist who aspires to improvise, recognize chord progressions by ear, or play styles like jazz, blues, rock, and world music? Are you frustrated by feeling at a loss when it comes to creating your own music or learning new styles? Would you like to enjoy more variety in your musical career? If so, you’re probably in the right place. The Creative Strings Academy provides easy online training to help you become a more creative musician and develop a more creative musical lifestyle. We guarantee clear answers and practical approaches with a 30-day free trial. With 24/7 access to over 200+ instructional videos, e-books, backing tracks, and other course materials, you’ll benefit from the clear guidance of Christian Howes, a former Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music and one of the world’s most respected improvising violinists.

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Get all the stuff you need to produce sweet jams

With the Creative Strings Academy, you will:


Become a fluent improvisor in contemporary styles:

  • Gain the ability to improvise fluently and easily in jazz, blues, rock, and other fiddle styles.
  • Make Youtube covers with your own creative, signature style
  • Develop the ability to fit into various bands, accompany singers, perform unaccompanied, arrange music for your own group, follow lead sheets in contemporary church ensembles, and more.


Learn to use effects and other technology for strings:

  • Make mashups, arrangements, remixes, and develop fluency with looping, loop pedals, and the use of other effects.


Take your ear training to the next level:

  • Develop the ability to easily recognize chord progressions, create bass lines, and accompany and harmonize any song. No more struggling to get by – you’ll know exactly what you’re hearing and how to apply it to your playing.


Play more gigs:

  • Developing proficiency in new styles will make you more employable as a teacher and performer.
  • Double your bookings and income with practical business advice from one of the most in-demand violinists on the scene. Many of Christian’s students are successfully touring, recording, arranging, and leading creative musical lifestyles in small and big cities around the world, and Christian regularly consults Academy members to help them expand their careers.
  • Improve your teaching studio – Bring your teaching into compliance with the national standards re teaching improvisation, arranging, composition, and more.

With over 200 instructional video lessons, eBooks, backing tracks and other educational materials, and access to a worldwide community, you’ll get an immense value as a member.



Learn jazz violin and improvisation with Christian Howes' Creative Strings Academy


About Christian Howes – Violinist/Educator

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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. In 2012 he was named by the Jazz Times Critics Poll as one of the world’s top three jazz violinists. He has recorded 13 albums, tours the world extensively (including a recent 6-night run at Lincoln Center), and has performed/recorded with Les Paul, Bill Evans, Victor Wooten, Paquito D’Rivera, Bela Fleck, Dafnis Prieto, Robben Ford, Sam Bush, Richard Galliano, Spyro Gyra, and a long list of A-List musicians in jazz and other styles. As an educator specializing in teaching improvisation, harmony, and contemporary styles to classically trained string players, he has helped thousands of string players and teachers at schools, orchestras, and conferences worldwide.



Learn jazz violin and improvisation with Christian Howes' Creative Strings Academy