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Matt Holborn



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Scale Exercise

Its super difficult to get a good swing feel with a bow, there are so many different ways of doing it and achieving a swing feel that is personal to you. One of the ways is through slurring! Its natural for us to bow ON beats 1 2 3 and 4 and it can feel unnatural to bow against this (OFF beat)


Firstly try this....

This is my favourite scale exercise and can be a vehicle to practise so many different things.


It is a way of playing through the whole of a scale starting from each scale tone. It starts on the root, goes all the way up to its octave then back down until it starts on the second note of the scale (in this instance, the A) and so on and so on...

Play it with the metronome on 2 + 4 and dont worry about "swinging" the quavers, don't try to play anything dotted just play them straight.

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go as far up the g major scale as possible in first position using this pattern(hear that done in the clip above), then try it with the slurring pattern mentioned below.

Jazz Bowing Exercise

When getting to grips with this bowing pattern, again try to keep your quavers quite straight but make sure you emphasise the notes that have accents. That is a better way to create a nice off beat swing feel, rather than over swinging the quavers. Have a listen to me having a go below...

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one to one

I teach one to one lessons from my home in North London. I teach all abilities from beginner to advanced. Learning to improvise is really one of my favourite things in the world to talk about so lessons are relaxed, fun and informal BUT... you will be learning  a lot and the focus is always on pushing your playing forward!


I am available to teach full workshops to any size group. Either at your school, sixth form, conservatoire or university.

My workshops are both fun and intensive, we will focus on...

Harmony, soloing, rhythm, bowing

I have half day, full day and two day workshops aimed at all ages and abilities, just get in touch!


If you don't live in the UK, you can learn with me over Skype. Its a great way to get feedback about your playing from anywhere in the world



Call me on 07752648995


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