Book/CD pack. Jazz is one of the biggest challenges a violinist can face, with the thought of improvisation likely to strike fear into the heart of even the best classical player. This book demystifies the process, taking you step by step through everything you need to know about playing jazz violin. The work of Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith and Jean-Luc Ponty is examined in detail, and styles like gypsy jazz, bebop, modal and fusion are explored. Covers: analyzing a chord sequence, bowing, chord symbols, double stopping, harmonics, how to construct your own solo, how to swing; pentatonic, bebop and blues scales; vibrato, more. Packed with "bite-sized" musical portions, explained and placed in context, as well as a treasure chest of licks and riffs. The 65 track CD includes demos and play-alongs. 208 pp.