Electric violinist Christian Howes plays a Yamaha SV-250 with D'Addario Zyex and Helicore strings. In this cover of Gnarls Barkley- Crazy, he uses a Boss ME-70 for effects and a Jam Man for looping.
This recording of "Gnarls Barkley- Crazy", was improvised in one take. Christian Howes offers a variety of resources to string players who want to study improvisation in blues, rock, jazz, and more via his online courses at the Creative Strings Academy, his summer camp "The Creative Strings Workshop" , and various literature at http://www.christianhowes.com.
Study w/ Christian Howes at www.christianhowes.com/education Jazz violinist Christian Howes covers popular songs with imaginative arrangements and bold improvisation on electric violin using a loop pedal. Enjoy some pieces from Christian including covers of Stevie Wonder, Bach, the Beatles, Gnarles Barkley, and more in this playlist. String players interested in improvisation, contemporary styles, music theory, electric strings, and more can get access to Christian's online training, summer conference, school outreach, and more at www.christianhowes.com/education
Christian Howes has much experience with teaching stringed instruments. He was an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music and has started his own online teaching site called the Creative Strings Academy which provides curriculum for teachers to offer improvisation, harmony, and eclectic styles in the classroom. In 2003, he founded his own Creative Strings Workshop and Festival.
http://christianhowes.com Christian Howes presents the 2013 Creative Strings Workshop. This playlist includes clinics, workshops, and performances from Christian Howes, Victoria Yeh, Billy Contreras, Greg Byers, Robert Anderson, Michael Doucet, Jason Anick, Alex Hargreaves, Eli Bishop, and Chase Potter. Performing with them are some of the fine players from this year's Creative Strings Workshop.
http://www.christianhowes.com Christian Howes showcases his violin performance in this playlist. Chris gives a jazz treatment to popular, classical, and rock songs.
In 2011, Christian was ranked as the #1 Rising Star violinist in the Downbeat Critics Poll. In 2012, he was awarded the Residency Partnership from Chamber Music America, and in 2013 Chris was voted among the top three violinists in the JazzTimes 2012 Expanded Critics Poll. He established himself as one of the top call violinists in jazz in NYC, collaborating with such jazz luminaries as Les Paul, Bill Evans, D.D. Jackson, Spyro Gyra, Richard Bona, Greg Osby, Dafnis Prieto, Joel Harrison, and many more...