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Intro to Jazz Violin
with Aaron Weinstein
Live Workshop
Live Workshop
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About This Workshop
 
Learn to play jazz violin from the ground up with acclaimed violinist and mandolinist Aaron Weinstein, who teaches you pre-composed solos for eight jazz and swing classics based on improvisation devices like melodic variation, repeating motives, using harmonic entry points, and more. Includes rhythm tracks, analysis of each solo, rephrasing suggestions, and more. Appropriate for mandolinists as well as fiddlers.
 
 
Meet the Instructor
Aaron Weinstein
 
 
Called “a perfect musician” by jazz guitar legend, Bucky Pizzarelli, Aaron Weinstein “is rapidly establishing himself as one of his instrument’s rare jazz masters.” (Don Heckman, International Review of Music). Aaron is a respected violinist and mandolinist, widely regarded as one of the mandolin’s leading exponents in the jazz idiom, and author of the jazz mandolin book Mandolin Chord Melody System (Mel Bay Publications). He was recently named as one of Downbeat magazine’s Rising Stars in the venerable publication’s 2019 critic’s poll.
 
 
 
The Intro to Jazz Violin Workshop Includes:
  • Eight one-hour live Zoom sessions, held every other Tuesday, from 5 pm to 6 pm PST (8 pm to 9 pm EST), starting on March 5, 2024, with the exception of the final session, which will be held three weeks after the seventh session
  • Pre-composed solos for eight jazz and swing classics, including “Honeysuckle Rose,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and more
  • Solos that focus on one device used for improvising, including using melody as an improv tool, finding motives, arpeggios, harmonic entry points, and more.
  • Melodic analysis and suggestions for rephrasing and variation
  • High-quality video recordings of each session, posted on Peghead Nation within a week of each session, so you can review what you've learned and revisit them after the workshop has concluded
  • Play-Along audio tracks for each song
  • Notation of each solo along with analysis of the solo and rephrasing ideas
  • Mandolin tab for mandolin students
 
 
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Workshop fee of $200, participate live or view recordings on your own schedule.
 
 
 

Learn to play jazz violin from the ground up with acclaimed violinist and mandolinist Aaron Weinstein, who teaches you pre-composed solos for eight jazz and swing classics based on improvisation devices like melodic variation, repeating motives, using harmonic entry points, and more. Includes rhythm tracks, analysis of each solo, rephrasing suggestions, and more. Appropriate for mandolinists as well as fiddlers. 

 
 
Intro to Jazz Violin Workshop
 
Welcome to Intro to Jazz Violin
 

Aaron talks about Intro to Jazz Violin and the approach he's going to take in this Live Workshop.

 
Session 1: “Honeysuckle Rose”
 

In the first session of Intro to Jazz Violin, Aaron focuses on melody as an improvisational tool and looks at ways to mine the rhythmic and melodic material of the Fats Waller classic “Honeysuckle Rose" to create phrases that can be used while soloing. As a bonus, he shows you the infamous “Joe Venuti bowing pattern.” Then Aaron teaches you a solo to “Honeysuckle Rose.”

 
Session 2: Riffs and a “Lady Be Good” Solo
 

In the second session of Intro to Jazz Violin, Aaron focuses on riffs—what they are and how to pull from a song’s melody to create them. He also takes a look at the blues—not the form but the sound and how to inject it into a solo. You’ll also learn a solo to the beloved Gershwin song “Lady be Good” that uses all the ideas you’ve just learned.

 
Session 3: Chord Tones and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)."
 

In this session, Aaron talks about using the chord tones of a tune as an improvising device. He demonstrates this with a solo on Duke Ellington’s classic “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”

 
Session 4: Change Notes and “On the Sunny Side of the Street"
 

In this session, Aaron continues his look at chord tones, this time focusing on the notes that change from chord to chord. He then applies this concept to a solo on the standard "On the Sunny Side of the Street."

 
Session 5: Common Tones and “Just Friends”
 

In this session, Aaron continues his look at using chord tones while soloing—this time focusing on the common tones between chords. He says, “This is one of my favorite devices to use while improvising so I'm particularly excited to explore it with you! We will then apply this concept to a solo on the standard, ‘Just Friends.’”

 
Session 6: Putting It All Together on “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”
 

In this session, the solo you’ll learn to “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” uses all the improvisational devices you’ve already learned. Here’s what Aaron says about the session: “Now it's time to put it all together! One of the fun and creative parts of playing jazz is deciding which improvisational tool to use and when. That's exactly what we're going to do. We will look at a solo on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" that incorporates all of the tools we've looked at so far. After that, you'll get to hear some of your peers play for us and receive feedback.”

 
Session 7: Putting It All Together on “Avalon”
 

In Session 7, the solo you’ll learn to “Avalon” uses all the improvisational devices you’ve already learned. Here’s what Aaron says about the session: “We are going to continue putting it all together! We'll take a look at a solo on the standard “Avalon” that uses a combination of the tools we've explored. We'll also listen to some recordings of the song by great jazz violinists!”

 
 
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