This program will help you master the art of spontaneous expression to become a more confident and creative soloist. You’ll begin by refining how you hear music with ear training. Next, you’ll learn how some of your favorite musicians create the music you love by transcribing their solos.
Learn the art of Jazz improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world. Learn different types and styles of compositions from the perspective of the improviser, and take an in-depth look at how mental, harmonic, and melodic processes contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo.
Learn a step-by-step approach to improvisation that applies to all styles and any instrument. Develop your solos by studying the riffs and licks of legendary players, and learn to incorporate the inflexions, feel, and nuances of the masters into your own playing!
Gain a practical, real-world understanding of the sound and personality of woodwind and string instruments, and learn how to properly apply them to songs, arrangements, and compositions.
Learn the contemporary techniques and practices of the modern cello. These etudes were composed by a dozen of today’s most noteworthy and pioneering cellists, from a variety of styles. It is a vital exploration of 21st-century cello techniques that every contemporary cellist should know when playing music outside of the standard classical repertoire.
By exploring techniques such as chopping, pizzicato, improvisation, chords, ornaments, modes, polyrhythmic playing, and more, you will be prepared to play in a variety of contexts, including folk (bluegrass, Celtic, old-time), rock, funk, jazz (traditional and modern), world music, and accompanying yourself while singing. Each etude is introduced by its composer, with advice on the techniques/style covered, and an audio performance of the composition is available online. The collection is introduced with a foreword by Yo-Yo Ma.
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Etudes in this volume were compiled and edited by Mike Block, and composed by Ashley Bathgate, Mike Block, Stephan Braun, Rufus Cappadocia, Rushad Eggleston, Erik Friedlander, Eugene Friesen, Natalie Haas, Giovanni Sollima, Mark Summer, Jacob Szekely, Matt Turner, and Jeffrey Zeigler.
Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator, who tours internationally in the Grammy Award-winning Silk Road Ensemble, as well as his own projects. He graduated from the Julliard School, founded the Mike Block String Camp, and is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music.
“The broad reach of skills included in these etudes can equip a cellist to participate in making music in any part of the world. I urge all cellists interested in contemporary styles to take a look, and to experience and enjoy the world of 21st century cello.”
—Yo-Yo Ma, Multi-Grammy Award-Winning Cellist, Founding Artistic Director of Silkroad
“Block assembled an extraordinary group of cellists who are giving out their ‘inner secrets’ to practicing modern cello techniques. Any cellists who want to expand their vocabulary beyond western classical music and into the twenty-first century must get this fantastic book!”
—Maya Beiser, Founding Cellist of the New Music Group Bang on a Can All-Stars
“We need more ‘outside the orchestra’ material like this that explores the versatility of the coolest instrument in the world.”
—Steven Sharp Nelson, Cellist (the Piano Guys)
“This new contemporary etude book is a wonderful addition to our cello teaching materials. Each etude has its own unique qualities. Teaching polyrhythms, as well as different types of position exercises, help all cellists to further understand the endless possibilities of cello technique. I wish to thank all the collaborators of this book; they truly have enriched our cello repertory.”
—Richard Aaron, Professor of Cello at Juilliard School of Music and University of Michigan
Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of…