Two nights ago I was at an electric violin clinic by Mark Wood at the Music & Arts music store I teach guitar at in Ohio. Mark is one of the founding members of the multi-platinum Christmas rock orchestra Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Mark Wood has also played with Billy Joel, Lenny Kravitz, Deline Dion, Kanye West to name a few, and is an Emmy winning composer. He is also an electric violin luthier. Much of the time he was playing his unique 7 strings fretted violin that he built.
But when not sharing his music with huge crowds of screaming fans, Mark is on another mission to create a new generation of screaming fans…for string programs in the schools.
Mark travels the country to hundreds of local schools every year with his “Electrify Your Strings” program. He’s goal is to generate new excitement for local strings programs by introducing electric instruments and rock into the mix. Besides excitement, he helps raise some much needed funding for the schools string program as well.
Mark did some very cool demonstrations show his unique approach to playing the instrument. Mark is a violin player…but really takes a lot of his approach from the guitar world.
Below is a video from the clinic where he was playing the Trans Siberian Orchestra favorite “Wizards in Winter”
For more info about Mark Wood, his instruments and his Electrify Your Strings program, check out the links below.