Books&DVDs by Julie Lyonn Lieberman




Find out what’s missing in your musical toolbox and bring your playing up to date. Modernize your capabilities to reflect the music and work opportunities of the 21st century. Classical pedagogy and contemporary skills are not mutually exclusive. The information and practice techniques presented in this book have been designed to enhance listening, playing, and ensemble expertise while serving to add dimension to traditional methods and repertoire. Creative musicianship, technology for strings, multi-style-ready contemporary techniques, as well as fluency with diverse musical structures from around the world are essential updates, whether you’re teaching school orchestra or are an amateur or professional player. Discover your own voice on your own instrument!

As always, Julie Lyonn Lieberman takes concepts that appear difficult and makes them accessible and understandable to the novice player or teacher. Her research and knowledge about American Roots music is stunning this book is a must have for anyone who wants to include contemporary string concepts in their classroom or studio.
–Dr. Stephen Benham, Associate Dean & Associate Professor of Music Education, Duquesne University; President, American String Teachers Association

I have studied with Julie for the past four years as an aspiring jazz violinist. Her approach to stringed instruments is unique and profound. Drawing on biology, kinesiology, neuroscience, as a well as a vast reservoir of experience and knowledge of world music, her teaching methods are beyond excellent. Every string teacher and student will benefit from her 21st century approach to mastering bowed string instruments.
–Douglas E. Noll, JD, MA, author, peacemaker, speaker, professor




Let’s keep our string programs vital, contemporary, and thriving! Alternative Strings: The New Curriculum is the first resource book in the world to offer a comprehensive guide to string educators wishing to step into twenty-first-century inclusive string pedagogy. The “Dear Abby” for string players, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, offers detailed descriptions of over two dozen fiddle, blues, jazz, pop, and world styles; bountiful support materials; a massive discography; musical examples; photographs; and audio from master players and clinicians, far exceeding the scope of other books in the field.

About the Audio CD
Some of today’s top alternative string players and clinicians demonstrate rock, jazz, and fiddle styles, present innovative ideas for teaching new generations of string players, and more:

1. Howard Armstrong: My first fiddle…
2. Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry: Zydeco Rock
3. Daryl Silberman: Through Contemporary to Classical and Back
4. Ed Caner: Rock Basics
5. Anthony Barnett: Stuff Smith plays “Body and Soul”
6. Mark Wood: Evolution, Rock, and Musicianship
7. Jesus Florido: Latin and Beyond
8. Randy Sabien: Jazz Strings: A Life Inspiration
9. Leanne Darling: Arabic Strings
10. Bob Phillips: Fiddling in the Schools
11. Julianna Waller: Developing Diversity
12. Martin Norgaard: Jazz String Pedagogy
13. Richard Greene: Moving Forward
14. Martha Mooke: Breaking the Sound Barrier
15. Claude Williams: Reminiscences
16. Julie Lyonn Lieberman: “Fiddle, Sing,” excerpt from Mixing America

American Music Teacher’s October/November 2004 issue
Ambitious…. There is an impressive amount of information in this well-organized book…. An attached CD recording contains more verbal wisdom from prominent alternative performers. [It] is a valuable resource and a ‘springboard’ for teachers who want to pursue this new trend in string education. An attached CD recording contains more verbal wisdom from prominent alternative performers.

AUSTA Stringendo, Journal of the Australian Strings Association, Vol. 26, No. 2
I would recommend this volume to players and especially to classroom teachers. Given the increasing pressure to include non-classical styles in the classroom, no string educator should be without a copy of this book.

Wisconsin Bookwatch, July 2004
Alternative Strings . . . [is] an excellent supplement to the music instruction or even self-instruction of any string player.

International Musician, July 2004
Any kind of string enthusiast will be able to appreciate the breadth of Lyonn Lieberman’s work . . .

Jazz Education Journal, June 2004
Alternative Strings is a landmark publication for string education . . .

American String Teacher, August 2004
This book further establishes Lieberman . . . as . . . well ahead of the curve in string music education . . .

Fiddler Magazine , Spring 2005
I would recommend this volume to players, but no string educator should be without a copy of this book.

STRINGS Magazine, Summer 2005
This book further establishes Lieberman as an undeniably intelligent, and perceptive individual well ahead of the curve in string education.

Jazz Educators Journal, Winter 2005
…a landmark publication for string education . . . a source of inspiration for both students and educators alike for a new curriculum.

International Musician, Fall 2005
…a trove of carefully compiled and presented data for anyone interested in string music and its modern formulations. 

208 pp, over 50 illustrations, includes a CD, photos, and musical examples, 6” x 9” ©2004, softcover, ISBN # 1-57467-089-1.

Available from Hal Leonard Corporation: 800-554-0626
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The first book of its kind in the world, The Creative Band and Orchestra provides conductors, directors, and educators with over one hundred ideas, techniques, exercises, and musical examples. Through this book you will be able to:

•  Enliven ensemble interaction
•  Introduce 5 approaches to improvisation
•  Heighten listening skills
•  Stimulate new brainstyles
•  Develop innovative scores
•  Incorporate rotational seating
•  Implement motivational ideas
•  Present “playing healthy” techniques

Lieberman offers diverse ideas and unconventional approaches for inspiring students to listen, improvise, and compose.”

Jazz Educators Journal 2003
…the text challenges the traditional role musicians play within an ensemble and offers new insights.

School Band and Orchestra 2003
…presents a new model to musical ensembles of all sizes and instrumentation for playing within an ensemble, practicing, and performing.

STRINGS Magazine 2003
This text could spice up any sagging music program with tips on how to enliven ensemble interaction and introduce improvisation.

Allegro 2003
…offers strategies, techniques and games designed to encourage students to develop the ability to improvise.




(book and CD by Julie Lyonn Lieberman) Learn 16 Styles! The first of its kind in the world, The Contemporary Violinist will teach you how to play in sixteen styles!

With the support of a practice CD, you will be guided through exercises and tunes designed to help you develop a feel for playing Latin, Flamenco, Gypsy, Tango, Klezmer, Cajun, Blues, Rock, Swing, Bebop, Country, Irish, Old-Time, Bluegrass, Franco-American, and Scandinavian. Quotes from amazing fiddlers! The Contemporary Violinist also includes inspiring advice from Jean-Luc Ponty, Buddy Spicher, Mary Ann Harbar, Matt Glaser, James Kelly, Martin Hayes, Bruce Molsky, Jay Ungar, Mark Wood, Betsy Hill, Joe Kennedy, Jr., John Hartford, Randy Sabien, Claude Williams, Richard Greene, Stacy Phillips, Darol Anger, Michael Doucet, Leif Alpsjö, Yale Strom, Alicia Svigals, Willie Royal, Donna Hebert, Natalie MacMaster, and Papa John Creach! Features a preface by Turtle Island String Quartet.

Julie Lyonn Lieberman designed this book as a support system for classically-trained violinists and single-style fiddlers. Each of the 16 styles offered in the book is supported on CD (I play the tune and then the band carries on for another chorus or two). Each style chapter provides you with the appropriate left- and right-hand ornaments, warm-ups, an overview of the style (historic and context), as well as a quote from a key player of that genre. The front section of the book covers numerous topics, as does the resource section at the back. This book can keep you busy, informed, and entertained for a long time.

Chamber Music America, 1995
…players are guided through dozens of exercises and tunes and how each can be used as a vehicle for improvisation.

School Band and Orchestra, 1996
The book guides players through dozens of exercises designed to help develop the feel of each of sixteen styles.

Jazz Educators Journal, 1996
…a musical delight right from the start, opening up new musical horizons…a landmark edition…highly recommended.

American String Teacher Journal, 1995
…a veritable who’s who of fiddle players…a kaleidoscope of string styles.




Book and CD
The blues is an incredibly powerful form of music that creates an environment within which you, the soloist, can improvise easily and expressively. This one-of-a-kind book for violinists – with its supportive practice CD – will provide you with technical, musical and stylistic tips designed to activate your imagination, fine-tune your right- and left-hand touch, and help you develop a uniquely individual sound. Includes 17 solos to demonstrate the styles of great blues fiddlers, with bios on each. This book was the first in the world on this topic. To date, there is no competition. It is a must-have for every string player in the world. 96 pages with pictures; a history of blues on violin, blues fiddle tunes with practice CD, & a full discography. (Huiksi Music)

American String Teacher Magazine
…a highly informative, historical anthology of the Art of Bluesing.

Frets Magazine
…excellent…with ample explanation and musical examples.

Jazz String Newsletter
…a complete and well thought out book…a very fine and comprehensive work.

The Montclair Times
…a first of its kind in the literature, a well researched text which covers the history of the blues fiddle.

Hearing the blues fiddlers captured on old 78’s from the early 1900s completely changed my life as a musician. This book is all original research never published anywhere before, and the tunes are faithfully written in the style of each historic player. The CD will give you lots of audio support to master the style and jam with the rhythm section. 
Julie Lyonn Lieberman




Written for the violinist who longs to leave the confines of the written page, Improvising Violin is a comprehensive guide to the art and science of successful string improvisation. With clear, step-by-step explanations and instructions, acclaimed teacher and performer Lieberman breaks down all of the components necessary to master improvisation in jazz, blues, swing, folk, rock and new age styles, offering dozens of helpful tips on theory and technique along the way. This book includes a historic overview of improvisation on violin in America, dozens of photographs, dozens of charts, exercises & tunes, a special section on how to choose the best amplification products available. 136 pages. Preface by Darol Anger. (Julie Lyonn Music)

Bill Crow, Allegro Magazine (Local 802)
In an organized manner, Lieberman takes violinists by the hand for their first steps, and leads them into deeper waters.

Suburbia Today, Gannet News
The ultimate collection of information about improvisation on the violin.

Downbeat Magazine
A comprehensive examination of violin improvisation styles in blues, swing, jazz, rock, and fusion.

American Music Teacher
“Lieberman’s book contains a wealth of information and is a gem of organization.” 



The First and Only World Music Sourcebook

Despite the fact that playing music is one of the most liberating activities known, many musicians are confined by their classical or traditional training. Planet Musician stokes the musical imagination and will help you break through your boundaries.

This exciting new Book/CD pack by Julie Lyonn Lieberman features practice material from around the globe that will enable you to expand your musical horizons and catapult your playing to new heights.

With more than 150 world scales and modes, mental and technical exercises, and its fresh approach, this innovative publication offers exciting ways for players to enrich their own musical style by integrating ideas, techniques and sounds from other musical traditions. Chapters include Earth’s Sonic Playground, Common Ground, Scales and modes of the World, A World of Rhythm, The Global Voice, and Health Music Making. Words of wisdom from renowned musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Pete Seeger, Glen Velez, Odetta, Michel Montanaro, Steve Gorn, Billy Taylor, Layne Redmond and others are included, as well as a preface in which world fusionist Paul Winter discusses his musical journey of discovery. Planet Musician also contains a complete glossary of world instruments and styles, and a guide to world music on the internet.

The 74-minute practice CD features electrifying vocalist Carol Maillard (Sweet Honey in the Rock), percussionist Tigger Benford, and keyboardist Dan Kleiman presenting dozens of challenging exercises designed to build technique, enhance listening skills and develop rhythmic mastery.

Bill Crow, Allegro 1998
…provides a number of clearly described practice techniques. Her practice suggestions are accompanied by a compact disc.

Jazz Educators Journal, 1998
…a one-of-a-kind publication world-music sourcebook. The amount of material in this book is amazing.

Fiddler Magazine, 1998
…striking out into new territory once again, Lieberman has always been a step ahead of the curve.

STRINGS Magazine, 1998
…ideal jumping off point for further musical explorations. Lieberman enables us to develop our own approach to understanding unfamiliar styles

Connections! 1998
Yes! Lieberman’s new book contains a wealth of information and inspiration. It is an exciting new addition to the library.




This unique guide helps all musicians open up new avenues of expression through a pain-free, healthy, fluid approach to music-making; overcome performance anxiety, general tension, and muscular injury; and increase learning skills and facilitate more effective motor coordination. This book was turned by 45 publishers in the 1980s because no publisher understood the importance of the topic. The then president of NYC’s musician’s union loaned the author the money to publish it and the first printing sold out before it had come back from the printer, necessitating an immediate second printing. It is now in its seventh printing! 152 pages with 40 illustrations & 40 photos and heralded by over 45 reviewers as the most comprehensive guide to help any musician heal existing injuries & develop a more enjoyable physical/mental experience during practice & performance. Includes anatomy charts & a Directory of Mental & Physical Therapies. (Huiksi Music)

After suffering from injuries playing the violin in the late 1970’s, I could not find a single health professional trained in the problems particular to repetitive muscle use. I worked on this book for ten years with the help of medical editors, injured musicians, and avid supporters. The biggest opposition came from doctors who felt that I had no right to learn and know anything about how my body works! The whole point of the book is that musicians use their bodies as strenuously as dancers and athletes, and we do have a right to understand basic muscle and joint function as well as post-practice care. I’m proud to say that to date, over 45 reviewers have given this book glowing reviews. There are now three spin-off videos (The Violin in Motion, The Instrumentalist’s Guide to Fitness, Health, and Musicianship, and the Vocalist’s Guide to Fitness, Health, and Musicianship.
– Julie Lyonn Lieberman

American Book Review
This is a highly recommended book to read for the musician who needs information about maximizing one’s full potential as an artist. This book is practical in that it covers all aspects of musicianship, ranging from the mental preparations involved in performance to the actual bodily care needed to prevent long-term injuries.

American Music Teacher, 1992
…a useful resource guide and a beneficial tool for teachers to utilize in assisting students to develop healthy habits.

The Bookwatch, 1992
… both a practice and performance guide and a key to playing in a fluid, pain-free manner.

The Berkshire Eagle, 1992
Her six-level approach to memorization … and is worth the price book.

STRINGS Magazine, 1992
…a concise, intelligently written book of ambitious scope.

Continuo Magazine
…she is careful to include down-to-earth practical advice and hard scientific information…the book is attractively produced…