Intermediate Swing and Jazz Violin


by Ted Falcon

20 Years Experience

Released 10 recordings under his name and has recorded for 100+ projects over the past 25 years.

US $72 per class |

for 1-on-1, 60 mins class

Pay as you go, 2 classes at a time

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Instruction Language

: English

Course Summary

Over the course of 15 weeks, students will study jazz violin and improvisation with the acclaimed American violinist, Ted Falcon. Studying the techniques of great jazz violinists Stephane Grappelli, Johnny Frigo and Jean Luc Ponty will give students a rare insight into how to best approach the violin through the lens of jazz. Students will also be listening to great swing musicians like Django Reinhardt, Benny Goodman, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea and more.

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Teacher's Profile

Ted Falcon

Experience: 20 Years

From: United States

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  • Education

    Bachelor of Arts from University of Pittsburgh

    Masters in Music from Indiana University

  • Work Details

    Professor of Music - Silverlake Conservatory of Music

    Adjunct Professor - Whittier College

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  • About the Course

    During each 60 minute class with Ted, students will study jazz violin and improvisation by studying the techniques of great jazz violinists Stephane Grappelli, Johnny Frigo, and Jean Luc Ponty. Learning to play by ear, as well as by reading, students will learn about improvisation and jazz interpretation.Ted will teach students about articulation, vibrato, swing, repertoire, performance and sound production on the violin. The repertoire will be based on the standards of Django Reinhardt, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and the Hot Club of France. Students will also be listening to great swing musicians like Django Reinhardt, Benny Goodman, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea and more.

    Ted will help students how to best approach the style of jazz through the medium of violin, working through key components of the jazz style; improvisation and interpretation. Improvisation relies heavily on the student's ability to create fresh melodies and get a feel for the music to know when to employ this. This skill is largely acquired through the student's interpretation of jazz music and techniques that they learn. Both concepts will be discussed and practiced at length with Ted. Students will also learn to play by reading music but will also learn how to play by ear.

    About Ted Falcon: While the violin is not normally an instrument seen in Brazilian popular music, ever the innovator, Ted Falcon has not only brought it onto the scene but has, quite literally, written a book about it. As a multi-instrumentalist (violin and mandolin), as well as a composer, Ted has lived and worked in Los Angeles, New York City, São Paulo, and Brasilia. As an enthusiastic researcher, he has written and published books about regional styles of Brazillian music such as Forró, Choro and Frevo. Ted also taught the violin for a few years at the most respected choro school in Brazil, Escola de Choro Raphael Rabello. He is currently teaching at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music as a Professor of Music.

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    Pay as you go - 2 classes at a time

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    Andrea Amati was the first one to create violin of the family that we see today. He made around 38 violins between 1560 and 1574, which were then delivered to the Charles IX of France. Some of those instruments are still surviving and are playable even today.

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