Jazz & Improvisation for Strings
Was ist Bossastrich?
How to Play Tango
Feb 2, Hamburg, ElPhi Abschluss KreativOrchester
Mar 5, AT-Linz, Bruckner-Uni, Masterclass at JIM
Mar 6-8, AT-Schloss Weinberg, OÃ–, Lehrgang Modul 7
June 5-6, – verlegt auf 2.-4.Okt! – AT-Schloss Weinberg, OÖ, Lehrgang Modul 8
June 28, – verlegt auf 31.Jan 2021! – ElbPhilharmonie Hamburg, Abschlusspräsentation KreativOrchester
Oct 2-4, AT-Schloss Weinberg, Lehrgang Modul 8
– Beginn des neuen Streicherlehrgangs an der Bruckner-Uni verlegt auf Okt 2021! –
Nov 14, AT-Linz, Bruckner-Uni, Abschlusskonzert Streicherlehrgang
„Improvisation for String Teachers“
For the fifth time | Start rescheduled to Oct 2021
A new 2-year postgraduate teacher training course on „Improvisation for String Teachers“ at the Bruckner University of Linz, Austria will begin in October 2021. It is a postgraduate, part-time course for classical string teachers who want to learn jazz, groove and improvisation.
If you want to take a closer look beforehand, you can join us on the last module of the preceeding course for a taste (in early Oct 2020) – please contact me first!
together with my wonderful colleagues & cats: Christoph Cech, Andi Schreiber and Peter Herbert.
New dates: From October 2021 – June 2023 (8 weekends in total).
Here’s a teaser video of the course
15 pieces for learning and playing the „groovebowing“ technique and Latin American rhythms.
The Groovebowing Technique, my book on groovebowing with 12 duet tunes, is available for cello or violin.
This booklet offers an easy way to learn a special, groove-oriented bowing technique you can use for playing all kinds of rhythmically intricate music. It’s also a great way to train & practice basic rhythmic skills on string instruments.
This book focusses on typical rhythms and patterns of Latin American music, but the groovebowing technique (sometimes also called „Bossa-Strich“ or „strum-bowing“) is also used by cellists and fiddlers in a large range of vernacular styles such as jazz, bluegrass or rock. The difficulty of the 15 pieces increases gradually, adding new rhythmic elements step by step. They can all be played solo or as a duo.
For 1-2 cellos, intermediate level, published by Ponticello-Edition (in German).
Here are audio files of all tunes in the Groovestrich-Schule
Use them as playalongs or just for listening. Cello #1 is on the right, cello #2 is on the right side. You’ll hear 4 beats before every piece to count you in
A purely pizzicato tune with a variety of plucking techniques
„Music that lets the cello turn into a guitar! … a welcome diversion to the classical cello repertoire.“ (das Orchester 09/2013)
26 easy to intermediate jazz pieces for string ensemble with teachers‘ handbook
Groovy Strings - Rhythmus & Groove im Streichunterricht
How do you groove on a string instrument? „Groovy Strings“ offers an introduction to basics and methods, exercises for rhythm and body percussion and, above all, 26 original pieces for all stringed instruments.
The pieces can be flexibly combined in trio settings and duets, so you can use them both for ensemble and individual instruction. It includes a rich collection of material on CD-ROM with playalongs for all tunes, videos showing playing techniques and playing score pdfs for all instruments of the string family.
Written together with N. Kruse, J. Piezunka und M. Rutledge. Breitkopf & Härtel, 2009
Awarded the German Music Edition Prize 2010
A collection of 13 tango etudes and 3 concert pieces
How to play Argentine Tango authentically on string instruments.
Inspired by Otokar Ševčík’s classical bowing method books, I collected typical bowing techniques, rhythms and patterns most commonly used in tango and wrote an etude about each of them. That way, aspiring tangueros can concentrate on one aspect of tango at a time. Etude by etude, new elements are introduced and explained.
Available for cello or for violin. For advanced students. The explanatory texts are in German – an English translation is also available.
For cello solo, for duo, trio, and string quartet and also for string orchestra
A wide range of pieces and arrangements
Ask Susanne about available music!
How can you groove on a string instrument?
How can you learn to improvise?
What kind of special playing techniques and tricks are used in jazz, rock and tango?
How can string teachers incorporate jazz, rock and pop in their lessons?
For more on these topics, you can book me for workshops, lectures or lessons.
You can combine and expand the following 4 workshop formats!
Improvisation & Jazz/Rock/Pop for Strings
Teaching Jazz & Groove for Strings
Improvisation & Jazz/Rock/Pop for Teachers
Groove String Orchestra
Jazz, Rock & Pop in Large String Ensemble
How to Play Argentine Tango Authentically