For years, ''strumming'' and ''chopping'' have been invaluable rhythm techniques for string players in non-classical genres like jazz, rock, and pop. They are essential for giving such music its authentic groove and are even heard in today's contemporary classical music. Acclaimed electric violinist, composer, and educator Tracy Silverman has practiced and developed these techniques over 30 years and with his celebrated strum-bowing method series, opens new avenues for string players.
''The Strum Bowing Method'' presents a clear and comprehensive approach for string players to easily learn how to play and teach the grooves in contemporary popular music. This book is an in-depth look at the techniques and Silverman's approach to understanding them, with sections dedicated to the horizantal ''strum'' and vertical ''chop''. There are chapters on vocalizing, ghosting, and rhythmic improvising, with entries from leading musicians like Darol Anger, Mimi Rabson, Mark Wood, Mike Block, Rachel Barton Pine, and others.
Also available are Silverman's ''Strum Bowing Etudes'' for Violin, Viola, or Cello.