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About the String Groove ®
Improvisation Teaching Method

Mr. Grrove


String Groove ® is a method created by violinist Edgar Gabriel to teach improvisation and alternative styles to string players. String Groove instructs with a method book, CD, workshops, courses, contests, string ensembles and now the new String Groove App for Apple iPad.

The book with CD “String Groove, Ideas For Improvising” is available for violin, viola and cello. Since its publication in 2001, it has become widely recognized and is currently being used by students and teachers around the globe. This book and CD of 12 original tunes are in the styles of: Irish Fiddle, Smooth Jazz, Jazz Blues, Rock, Middle-Eastern, Old-time Fiddle, Salsa, Heavy-Metal, Cajun Fiddle, Rock Blues, Swing Jazz, and Funk.

Both the string student and the professional musician can greatly benefit from this system. It works on two levels of complexity. While it is designed for beginners of improvisation, students must be proficient on their instrument to improvise successfully. Full comprehension of first position on a stringed instrument is required for String Groove's most basic level (Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent). The advanced material may require upper positions and a higher level of technique if the students wish to challenge themselves. String Groove can work for non-stringed instruments such as flute.

String teachers will find String Groove ® to be a valuable teaching resource. In addition to the book and App. Edgar Gabriel has written numerous original works for student and professional string ensembles in the styles of Jazz, Rock, fiddle and classical. Most of the ensembles have open sections to improvise. Visit the Ensembles page for music samples, descriptions, audio and video of Mr. Gabriel performing his pieces with professional and student ensembles. Edgar teaches courses at Harper College and Elmhurst College in the Chicago area. He can travel to teach workshops and perform with your ensemble.

The book includes instructions and theory to help you perform and improvise in these styles. Relevant background and music history is contained throughout the book. There is also a section about microphones and electronic instruments.

String Groove's mascot Mr. Groove, or Mr. G for short, helps you throughout the book to not take improvisation too seriously.

Listen to these String Groove® "Ideas for Improvising" Music Samples:

Sample 1 - Smoothie
Sample 2 - Blue Bows