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String Groove Book with CD

String Groove Book Cover"String Groove, Ideas For Improvising" consists of a book and CD of 12 original tunes written by Edgar Gabriel 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, Funk. The 65 minute CD includes two versions of each composition. One version is complete with violinist Edgar Gabriel and the other version is performed by the rhythm section minus violin, so you can play along. String Groove® is for string students, teachers and professionals who want to learn to improvise. Available for Violin, Viola and Cello It can also work for other musical instruments.

 

Ensembles for String Orchestras and Smaller Groups

String Groove Ensembles are for string students, teachers and professionals who would like to add new (alternative styles) material to their repertoire). Improvisation sections are included in many of the pieces,  however, they can also be performed without improvisation. All of the ensembles are available for String Orchestra or String Quartet.

1. "Irish Whiskey"
is an Irish jig written for a string quartet. It also sounds wonderful as a string ensemble. It can be performed with or without  improvisation. “Irish Whiskey” is for advanced middle-school, high school, or professionals who want to add an Irish Jig to their repertoire. First violins briefly reach fifth position. Grade Level 3.5

2. "The Heartland Breakdown" 
is a Country Fiddle Hoe-Down for string quartet or string ensemble. This piece can be performed with improvisation or without. After the themes are stated, each player can play the solo provided in the part, or improvise their own solo. “The Heartland Breakdown” is for advanced middle-school, high school, or professionals who want to add some fiddling to their repertoire. First violins briefly reach fifth position. Grade Level 3.5

3. "Moderato Allegro"
is a Third Stream rock string orchestra ensemble. The technical requirements warrant a high school to conservatory students and professionals. "Moderato Allegro" can be played with improvisation or without. The first violin requires sixth position. Grade Level 4

4. "Brother Ray"
is a 16 Bar Blues. It is inspired by Ray Charles, whom Edgar Gabriel had the honor to work with in the 1990’s. The piece was originally written for String Quartet. When performing with a string ensemble, double stops are not necessary and the parts can be divided. Improvisation is required for this piece. Grade 3

5. "Blue Bows"
is an ensemble arrangement for String Orchestra or String Quartet of a Jazz Blues in the book “String Groove, Ideas For Improvising.” The piece requires jazz swing blues improvisation in G. Grade 2.5

  • Watch Lincoln High School Orchestra with Edgar Gabriel under the direction of Monica Hrudik and Joan Geraldson perform “Blue Bows” on You Tube.

6. "The Blarney Stone"
is another is another ensemble arrangement for String Orchestra or String Quartet of a song in the book “String Groove, Ideas For Improvising.” This is an easy jig that kids love. It can be played with or without improvisation.

7. "Canon and Chorus"
is  a classical canon  in the style of Pachelbel. Edgar Gabriel wrote the piece for his wedding ceremony. Available for String quartet or String Ensemble. Grade Level 3

8. "Fiddle Twinkle" is country fiddle variations of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" in the key of D. This string quartet or ensemble piece is designed for students at the beginner level to play a piece they know with students at higher levels in a fiddle style. Grade level 1-2

9. "Besame Mucho" is a  violin piano arrangement of written for the concert violinist or accomplished student who would like to add a wonderful popular Latin song to their repertoire. The violin part carries the melody embellished with double stops, left hand pizzicato and other extended techniques. The written piano score provides a rhumba rhythm to accompany and enhance violin part. A short solo is also written into the piano part. For convenience, the chord changes are provided in the piano score.

10. "Civic Blues"
is a String Ensemble work in the Big Band Swing Tradition. It is a minor blues that transitions into Latin Jazz at the bridge. An optional drum part is included. Civic Blues is for advanced middle-school, high school, or professionals who want to add some jazz to their repertoire. Grade Level 3.5

11. "Theme and Variations for Solo Rock Violin"
is a solo violin work for the very advanced student or professional. This piece was written for violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Edgar wrote this as Rachel requested a solo rock work for acoustic violin.

12. "LaCuerda Caliente for full Orchestra"
is an original Mambo for full orchestra. Grade level 4.


All of the ensemble pieces are available as hard copy or digital download for a reduced price.

Order Book with CD and Ensembles from Edgar Gabriel's Online Store

Email gar@ameritech.net for prices and to place orders. The String Groove books are also available at: amazon.com, sharmusic.com and jwpepper.com. When ordering ensembles, “String Groove Tools” will be made available to you at no extra cost. “String Groove Tools” includes more recordings and mp3’s to practice improvisation for the ensembles.