Although there have been jazz violinists ever since the music began, formal jazz education programs in schools usually are set up to cater mostly to trumpets, trombones, saxophones and rhythm sections, leaving many aspiring string improvisors to forge their own musical paths.
Fortunately, there seem to be plenty of instructional materials available to help chart that pathway, both for purchase and for free online.
And since pointing out free music education resources available on the internet is the stated premise of Music Education Monday, today's installment spotlights a few useful videos and articles that are readily accessible to any violinist who wants to learn jazz:
* The well-known jazz violinist Christian Howes(pictured) offers lessons online and has written several books you can buy on how to play jazz violin, but he's also shared some materials for free on YouTube.
At the end of this post, you'll find embeds of five short video lessons by Howes, covering "How to play Jazz Violin"; "Blues for Jazz Violin"; "Improvisation for Beginning to Intermediate String Players"; "Arpeggios for Jazz Violin, Cello, and Viola"; and "How to use Modes on violin from Light to Dark".
* Jazz violinist Regina Carter was interviewed last year by the "string blog" ElbowMusic.com for twoarticles offering "some advice on exploring the genre."