Alternative Strings: The New Curriculum

Alternative Strings: The New Curriculum

by Julie Lyonn Lieberman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781574670899
Publisher: Amadeus
Publication date: 02/01/2004
Series: Amadeus Series
Pages: 207
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

2Alternative Strings5
What Do We Mean by "Alternative"?5
Publishing and Technology8
To Trad or Not to Trad...9
Who Decided What We Should Play?11
Improving the Quality of Experience14
Why Integrate Other Styles into the Curriculum?17
What Constitutes a Style?18
Meeting National Standards21
3Expanding Our Skills25
"But That's the Way I Was Trained..."25
Dimensional Theory: Whole-Brain Learning27
Eightfold Audiation30
Groove-Based Playing31
Defining Groove31
Creating a Groove34
Doubling the Rhythm Section35
Rhythmizing the Bow37
Support Materials43
How Does Improvisation Figure In?44
Four Approaches to Improvisation45
Removing the Stigma of "Right" and "Wrong"47
Where Do I Start?47
4American Fiddle Styles49
Historic Overview49
Violin or Fiddle: What's the Difference?50
Why Create a Fiddling Club?51
Old-Time Fiddling52
Stylistic Characteristics53
Artist Sampler55
Thomas Jefferson (Tommy) Jarrell55
Bruce Molsky56
Additional Support Materials: Old-Time57
Supplemental Discography: Old-Time58
Stylistic Characteristics60
Artist Sampler60
Vassar Clements60
Richard Greene62
Additional Support Materials: Bluegrass63
Supplemental Discography: Bluegrass65
Stylistic Characteristics65
Artist Sampler66
Dewey Balfa66
Michael Doucet67
Additional Support Materials: Cajun68
Supplemental Discography: Cajun68
Franco-American and Quebecois68
Stylistic Characteristics69
Artist Sampler69
Louis Beaudoin69
Donna Hebert69
Western Swing70
Stylistic Characteristics71
Artist Sampler72
Dale Potter72
Johnny Gimble72
Additional Support Materials: Western Swing73
Supplemental Discography: Western Swing74
String Bands74
Additional Support Materials: American Fiddle76
Supplemental Discography: American Fiddle78
5Strings in Blues and Jazz81
Historic Overview: Blues Fiddle81
Historic Overview: Jazz Violin83
Blues Versus Jazz84
Why Add Blues and Jazz to Your Curriculum?84
Sheet Music for Blues and Jazz85
Preparation for the Jazz Band86
Stylistic Characteristics: The Blues87
Stylistic Characteristics: Jazz87
Artist Sampler: Blues Fiddle90
Will Batts90
Lonnie Chatmon91
Lonnie Johnson91
Support Materials: Blues Fiddle92
Discography: Blues Fiddle92
Artist Sampler: Jazz Violin92
Eddie South92
Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Stuff Smith93
Joe Venuti94
Stephane Grappelli95
Jean Luc Ponty96
Additional Jazz String Players97
Blues and Jazz Strings Today98
Additional Support Materials: Jazz Violin99
Supplemental Discography102
The Cellists' and Violists' Corner107
Support Materials: Cello108
Discography: Cello109
Support Materials: Viola111
Discography: Viola112
6Strings in Popular Music113
Why Add Popular Music to Your Curriculum?114
Rock Versus Pop: What Is the Difference?114
Common Traits115
Sheet Music for Amplified Strings116
Preparation for the Rock Band117
1.The ability to quickly find the tonal center of the piece117
2.The ability to sketch out the overall structure118
3.The ability to locate the heartbeat or groove of the piece and support it while playing backup or highlight it while soloing119
4.The ability to create a riff or series of riffs that blend well119
5.The ability to support vocal music120
6.The ability to improvise a solo120
Stylistic Characteristics121
1.Rock vibrato121
2.Slide technique121
3.Pentatonic and diminished pathways121
4.Horizontal fingerings123
5.Rhythmic backup123
6.Playing on an amplified or electric instrument123
7.Bass lines124
8.Electronic effects126
Why Amplify?127
Available Systems128
The Preamp130
The Amp130
Electronic Effects131
The Use of Fine Tuners131
Artist Sampler131
Papa John Creach131
Don "Sugarcane" Harris (1938-1999)133
Mark Wood (b. 1956)134
Additional Popular Violinists135
Additional Support Materials: Popular Strings135
Supplemental Discography: Popular Strings137
7Strings Around the World139
A Brief Overview139
Miscellaneous Support Materials: Strings Around the World140
Miscellaneous Discography: Strings Around the World141
Support Materials: Afro-Cuban142
Discography: Afro-Cuban142
Support Materials: Arabic144
Discography: Arabic144
Discography: Asian145
Support Materials: Brazilian147
Discography: Brazilian147
Canadian (Cape Breton, Cree, Metis, Quebecois)147
Support Materials: Canadian148
Discography: Canadian149
Celtic (Irish, Scottish, and Shetland Island)150
Support Materials: Celtic152
Discography: Celtic153
Eastern European and Russian154
Support Materials: Eastern European and Russian155
Discography: Eastern European and Russian156
Discography: Greek157
Support Materials: Gypsy158
Discography: Gypsy159
Indian (North and South)160
Carnatic Violin160
Hindustani Violin161
Support Materials: Indian161
Discography: Indian161
Support Materials: Klezmer163
Discography: Klezmer164
Support Materials: Mexican166
Discography: Mexican166
Native American167
Support Materials: Native American168
Discography: Native American169
Support Materials: Scandinavian171
Discography: Scandinavian172
Support Materials: Tango174
Discography: Tango175
8Tools In the Classroom and Out177
Music-Minus-One Accompaniments177
Support Materials: Music-Minus-One178
Notation Software and Alternative String Scores178
Alternative String Clinicians179
Training Programs, Fiddle Camps, and Internet Sites179
9Inspirational Role Models181
10Where Do We Go from Here?185

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