San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
On Friday 20th February Chris will present a workshop based on aspects of his book “Discovering Rock Violin” at the Schott Music Shop in London between 6.00 and 9.00 pm. It will be in two parts; the first intended for beginners to rock music and the second more advanced. The cost is £5, and this covers one or the other, or both parts. You don’t need to have the book to participate, but it will be available on the night at a special discounted price of £10.
Words from Chris Haigh (author):
The idea of rock violin can mean many different things to different people.
I has interpreted the term to cover any situation where a violinist plays in any kind of pop or rock band where he is not playing written parts (as would be the case of a string quartet accompanying a band, for example), but has to create his own parts, and possibly improvise them on the spot.
There are many violinists working in this way, ranging from pop to heavy rock (I have named over 150 in my book!), but virtually every one of them will have had to work out their role in the band, and their personal technique, for themselves. In this workshop I hope to short-circuit the process, covering a whole range of approaches to playing in a band and finding a place for the violin alongside vocals, guitar, bass and drums.
The workshop will be in two halves. Though both will be equally important and informative, the first half will require less technique and so will be suitable perhaps for players not comfortable in higher positions. The second half will be a little more advanced, as we look at improvisation and playing higher up the neck.
Participants may choose to do one or the other half. For those with a keen interest in the subject I would recommend both halves, as the second will to some extent build on what is learned in the first
-playing rhythm on the violin. Cross-rhythms against a rock drum pattern
-double stopped chord patterns
-the scale of sixths
- horn riffs
-improvising an “Eleanor Rigby” backing
- scales for soloing. The major pentatonic scale
-The flattened third, and the major blues scale. Taking it up the neck
-the flattened seventh, and the minor pentatonic
-the minor blues scale
-The Hendrix chord and the power chord
-Rock guitar riffs
-Amplification and use of effects.
The participants should bring NORMAL violins- though we will discuss electric violins they will not be suitable for this workshop.
-Please do bring a paper ticket as this will give you the discounted price of £10 should you choose to buy the book.
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When & Where
Schott first established a London presence in 1835 in St James’s, moving to 159 Regent Street before settling at 48 Great Marlborough Street in 1908. This continuity and sense of tradition is shared with our founding company in Mainz, which still occupies the original building of its inception in 1770, the year of Beethoven’s birth.
Adam, son of the founder, Bernhard Schott, established the London offices, importing and selling editions and sheet music. In 1853 Schott London began publishing in its own right, and a royal warrant was granted in 1879. Charles Volkert became manager in 1881, expanding the company and the premises. He knew the famous composers of the day including Brahms, Gounod, Liszt, Von Bulow, and especially Wagner, who was by this time published by Schott Music GmbH & Co. Volkert was later one of the founders of the Performing Rights Society in 1914.
When 48 Great Marlborough St was acquired in 1908, a warehouse was built in the garden of this 18th Century house for the trade and export departments. Schott was publishing some of Elgar's early salon pieces, including Salut d'Amour, and began its first major composer relationship, with Percy Grainger.
Today the London centre is one of the international offices of Schott Music. Our partnership with The Schott Music Shop means that 48 Great Marlborough Street offers the widest range of music across all genres, as well as practice rooms and a showroom where the latest publications of all the leading publishers can be perused and sampled.
Schott also owns other distinguished and popular brands, including the Eulenburg edition. Eulenburg’s miniature scores catalogue is unrivalled in its comprehensive range, encompassing over 1,200 titles of chamber, orchestral, operatic and choral works. Reliability, high production values and customer-focus across every aspect of music publishing are the hallmarks of Schott Music, which now has centres in 9 countries. Music for all - from the youngest child and the enthusiastic amateur to the professional musician and international soloist - is at the heart of the Schott Music catalogue.