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Prepare to Transform Yourself Into a Total String Player

Posted by Christian Howes on Sep 7, 2018 10:02:00 AM

In his last SHAR blog post, Christian Howes introduced us to his Creative Strings Academy and the pedagogy that he developed especially for string players. In this new article, Christian shares the lessons of a master.

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Topics: Christian Howes, Electric Violin, Alternative Strings, Classical Revolution, Revolution Strings, Violin Method

Introduction to Creative Strings Academy

Posted by Christian Howes on Aug 20, 2018 2:53:33 PM

For many classical string players, sticking with classical music is enough. In fact, it’s plenty. After all, the repertoire is incredible, and the technique required to play it is both challenging to learn and rewarding to use. But for others, it is simply not enough, or perhaps not a perfect fit.

The Total Violinist is a seeker, never satisfied with the status quo because they are an explorer at heart. Most of these artists have taken unique paths in their careers, sometimes smooth, sometimes anything but smooth. Because they are artists, they continually create and share their creations with others.

Christian Howes is such an artist. His story is a story of struggle and triumph, of seeking authenticity and of becoming the best version of himself. His passion is to help others discover their own musical passions and become the best musicians they can be.

Val Jaskiewicz

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Topics: Christian Howes, Violin Method, Alternative Strings, Revolution Strings, Classical Revolution, SHAR

Interview with Charith Premawardhana, Founder of Classical Revolution

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Apr 13, 2012 7:00:00 AM

This week I had the privilege of speaking with Charith Premawardhana about Classical Revolution, a national movement which brings live classical music into accessible venues.

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Topics: Classical Music, Classical Revolution, Chamber music

Does Classical Music Belong in a Bar?

Posted by Joseph Chapman on Mar 21, 2012 11:31:00 AM



One of my favorite bars in Ann Arbor is Old Town Tavern: it's laid-back, unpretentious, and while the food isn't anything to write home about, it's decent bar fare. The drinks are reasonably priced, but not so cheap that you get college students passed out in the corner booths. As one Charles Dickens character from Little Dorrit likes to say, "There's no nonsense about it." In short, it's comfortable

But now that I've heard about Classical Revolution, a collective of musicians who bring Mendelssohn and Bach and so on to bars in cities like San Francisco and Detroit and Atlanta, and who have a chapter in Ann Arbor, I'm wondering: would a string ensemble belong at Old Town? Is my favorite bar the right place for this music?

I'm not sure if I'd be more worried about the bar losing its atmosphere or the music losing its impact.

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Topics: String Community, Classical Music, Bach, Classical Revolution, Mendelssohn

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