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CV Improvisation Introduction

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CVI1 Lesson 1: 9 videos

CVI1 Lesson 1: 9 videos

Welcome to Lesson 1 in the Improvisation Series. As introduction we want to share with you the most important skill you should have (or develop): Listening. We need to know what is going on around us, [...]

CVI1 Lesson 2: 13 videos

CVI1 Lesson 2: 13 videos

We will learn what chords are, from what they are made up of and how we use them. Chords take care of the “harmony”part of a song, putting chords one after another gives us a chord progres [...]

CVI1 Lesson 3: 7 videos

CVI1 Lesson 3: 7 videos

We will step into the blues in this lesson. You will learn how the blues is built up and the chord progressions that are common in this style. Major and minor and intervals are explained and the chord [...]

CVI1 Lesson 4: 11 videos

CVI1 Lesson 4: 11 videos

Lesson 4 will be all about pentatonic scales, probably the most important scale to master. These scales are found in improvisation of ALL music styles, so master this and you will be all set to whatev [...]

CVI1 Lesson 5: 14 videos

CVI1 Lesson 5: 14 videos

Swing! For classical players this might be the most difficult part of improvising. When it is not in our genes, we can definitely work our way to it. That’s what we will do in Lesson 5, play the [...]

CVI1 Lesson 6: 7 videos

CVI1 Lesson 6: 7 videos

Swing, Gypsy Jazz. One of the most popular jazz styles for violin is of course the Gypsy Swing, which originated from Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli’s “Hot Club De France”. This style [...]

CVI1 Lesson 7: 7 videos

CVI1 Lesson 7: 7 videos

The 7th Chords. Building from the triad (1-3-5) we can add another 3rd, that would give us the 7, (7th note in the scale). Adding this 7th note gives us the “7th chord”. There are 2 types [...]

CVI1 Lesson 8: 9 videos

CVI1 Lesson 8: 9 videos

II-V-I  (2-5-1) II-V-I is the most common chord progression. If you want to improvise in Jazz music this is one of the first things to know. Be sure to learn everything in the first tab, this way you [...]

“How To” play Ghost Notes

“How To” play Ghost Notes

In the “How-To” series this is all about ghost notes. What are they, how do we play them, how do we use them?