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Audience-pleasing, out-of-the box jazz-influenced works. Many are adaptable to string quartet.

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Fiddle Loops - PDF
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Good Wassail - PDF
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Patapan - PDF
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Thank you for your wonderful work on this year’s Holiday concert. As you saw from the review in the paper, your arrangements were a great hit, and they were great fun to play as well. Your pieces bring great imagination and excellent orchestration and parts that are immaculate to work from, which is a real joy. Filling in as pianist/keyboardist was also a real gift to the performance.
— Warren Hyer, Executive Director, Central Ohio Symphony

Student Levels

Creative Strings is a collection of works designed to lead beginning to advanced students through their first experiences as improvisers.

Each piece is composed of four parts that can roughly be described as melody, harmony, accompaniment and bass line. All four parts are available for the violin, viola and cello. The bass has one part. An optional piano part is also provided. The the ideal distribution is Vln. 1, Vln. 2, Vla. 3, and Cello 4. However the intentionally redundant parts allow for flexible combinations of instruments. If for example, no violas or cellos are available, a violin choir could still cover the parts. The same would hold true for a non-traditional quartet such as 3 violins and 1 cello or any other grouping. Overlapping parts can also be used to equalize an unbalanced orchestra such as 20 violins and 1 viola player by having some of the violins double the viola part.

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