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The Strum Bowing Method: How to Groove on Strings by Tracy Silverman

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A New Pedagogy for The Total Violinist

You already know how to play the violin. You play confidently in the orchestra and in your quartet. So why is it that playing jazz, blues, rock, pop or Latin feels so uncertain and sounds so stilted, so inauthentic? The likely answer is your bowing; simply put, the conservatory method that is so effective for performing our beloved and melodic classics was never designed for the rhythmic demands of non-classical music. Fortunately, we now have Tracy Silverman's Strum Bowing Method, a clear and comprehensive approach for string players to easily learn how to play and teach the grooves in contemporary popular music.

This groundbreaking and bold new work has been quickly and enthusiastically embraced by today's leading contemporary string artists and educators, such as Darol Anger, Rachel Barton Pine, Christian Howes, Bob Phillips, Daniel Roumain, Mark Wood, David Wallace and Mimi Rabson, among many others.

Like all pedagogy, the foundation of The Strum Bowing Method is based on real-world experience. Strum, or "chop", bowing is not new, yet is has been used by non-classical players for decades. Tracy Silverman's years at Juilliard did not prepare him for playing non-classical styles, so he had to develop his own techniques. Fortunately, others helped him along the way. After 30 years of honing these techniques and conducting his clinics, Tracy decided it was time to dedicate himself to clarify the pedagogy of Strum Bowing with a book for all players and teachers.

Employing "A Simple, Unified Approach", the book is divided into two major sections: The Strum, which is horizontal bowing mastery, and The Chop, a rhythmic vertical approach with the bow. Each section relies on the basic element of "The Groovon", the rhythmic least common denominator of Strum Bowing. This element is the basis of developing the required rhythm. Chapters on vocalizing, physicalizing, improvising, and ghosting build on the foundation in an organized, understandable and fun way. The companion volume, 22 Groove Studies for Strings, is a teacher's score, supplementing the method book with complete original tunes, for violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello and bass.

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Title: The Strum Bowing Method: How to Groove on Strings
Author: Silverman, Tracy
Editor: Lieberman, Julie; Silverman, Louisa
Publisher: Silverman Musical Enterprises
Number of Pages: 167
ISBN Number: 9781732326606
Additional Information: This method book can be used concurrently with 22 Groove Studies for Strings, a conductor score for string orchestra including orchestra etudes for middle school through college level string ensembles.

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167 pages, Spiral binding

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Tracy Silverman Biography
Lauded by BBC Radio as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin”, Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work defies musical boundaries. Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School and is the subject of several electric violin concertos composed specifically for him by Pulitzer winner John Adams, “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley, Nico Muhly and Kenji Bunch, as well as the composer of 3 electric violin concertos of his own. He has performed as a soloist with the world’s finest orchestras at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Adelaide’s Festival Theatre, Sao Paulo’s Auditorio Ibirapuera, The Hollywood Bowl and Vienna’s Musikverein among many others.
TV/internet and radio include a solo Tiny Desk Concert on NPR, Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday, A Prairie Home Companion and a profile on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.
Mark Swed of the LA Times enthused, “Inspiring. Silverman is in a class of his own.” The Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein raved, “Blazing virtuosity. You will be astonished that anybody can play a fiddle like that” and Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, wrote, " Fleet agility and tangy expressivity with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix"
A long-standing advocate for music education, Silverman is an in-demand clinician and on the string faculty at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

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