All of Julie Lyonn Lieberman’s books and DVDs are available through Updated and expanded digital versions of her titles, The Contemporary Violinist and You Are Your Instrument are also available from Amazon Kindle as well as through iTunes books. Audio accompaniments can be found on iTunes for The Contemporary Violinist and for Rockin’ Out with Blues Fiddle. Her newest titles, Twelve-Key Practice and The Roaring Brook Fiddler, are also available as ePubs.

Learn more about Julie’s 2020 memoir, The Roaring Brook Fiddler:


Learn more about Julie’s 2019 10th, 11th and 12th titles for violin, viola and cello: A Festival of Violin & Fiddle Styles.


Front Cover Improvisation in American styles: folk, rock, blues, jazz, and more. Style and Creativity
Learn to play healthy. Over 100 games and techniques for improvisation teach musicians creativity The history, art, and science of playing the blues on fiddle
The musician's practice guide and key to styles from around the world. ASTA Curriculum Book Alternative Styles offers a comprehensive guide to eclectic styles

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 Includes 12 tutorial videos and backing tracks.
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

How to Play Contemporary Strings: A Step-by-Step Approach for Violin, Viola & Cello from Julie Lyonn Music on Vimeo.

“Today I received an unexpected surprise in my Berklee mail from publisher Hal Leonard: Julie Lyonn Lieberman’s latest book! In the early 90’s, Julie’s books You Are Your Instrument and Improvising Violin opened many conceptual and perceptual doors for me. It’s great to see how her latest opus (How to Play Contemporary Strings: A Step-by-Step Approach for Violin, Viola & Cello) presents a direct and user-friendly approach for musicians looking to explore creative musicianship, technology, and stylistically versatile technique. …Congratulations, Julie!”

–Dr. David Wallace, Chair, Berklee College of Music String Department

Preface by Turtle Island String Quartet
The first of its kind in the world, The Contemporary Violinist will teach you how to play in sixteen styles!

NEW: An updated digital version of the book is now available on iTunes, Amazon Kindle, and Book Baby. You can also go to iTunes for the audio tracks for this book as well as audio from the artists included in the book!

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 sixteen styles offered in the book is supported on CD (she plays 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.

 The completely rewritten, expanded third edition of The Contemporary Violinist is now available as a digital book at less than half the price of the hard copy version.

Each style provides step-by-step practice techniques, a unit on the history of each style, and a tune in the style that can be used as a lesson plan. The book gradually steps up in levels of difficulty and is self-explanatory. In digital form, it can sit on your desktop or digital reader with the audio available to play from your computer or iPod. You can even burn the audio to CD.

A comprehensive teaching tool, The Contemporary Violinist includes a glossary of chords in all twelve keys, step-by-step details regarding how to capture stylistic elements, cool tips on technique, instrument maintenance, jam sessions, practice tracks, a glossary of double-stops, 13 paradiddles, a ground-breaking new section on rhythmic and pitch permutations, and a full section on pedagogy for improvisation in all styles. There’s even a fun section called “Fiddle Horror Stories” supplied by fiddlers from around the world, a Playing Healthy section, and quotes from a myriad of key players in the field.

You don’t need a special digital reader to purchase the digital epub version. You can either download the book through your digital reader, or download free software to your computer and order through amazon, apple, or any other digital book distributor you choose.
The Contemporary Violinist on iTunes
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Look for The Contemporary Violinist on Sony, Barnes&Noble, and Google books.
You can download it onto your cellphone, desktop, or any other reader you have a device for!
Distributed to music and bookstores by Hal Leonard worldwide.

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The art and science of playing the blues, R&B, and rock.

Book and CD by Julie Lyonn Lieberman
Distributed to music and bookstores by Hal Leonard worldwide.

Audio now available through iTunes along with a recommended playlist for historic and contemporary blues violinists.

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. (Julie Lyonn Music)


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Preface by Darol Anger
Improvisation in American styles: folk, rock, blues, jazz, and more.
Improvising Violin: A thesaurus of scales, chords, practice techniques, and approaches to creativity.

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.  (Julie Lyonn Music)

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The Musician’s Definitive Guide to Practice and Performance

For more information on this ground-breaking, internationally acclaimed book, see:
Playing Healthy
Now in its seventh edition and available as a digital download from iTunes and Amazon Kindle.

Learn to play healthy.

Over 100 games and techniques for improvisation teach musicians creativity



Creative musicianship without concern for style

Distributed to music and bookstores by Hal Leonard worldwide

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


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Alternative Styles offers a comprehensive guide to eclectic styles
Alternative Styles: The New Curriculum
Book and CD
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

208 pp, over 50 illustrations, includes a CD, photos, and musical examples, 6” x 9” ©2004, softcover, ISBN # 1-57467-089-1, $24.95 plus shipping and handling.
Available from Hal Leonard Corporation: 800-554-0626
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The musician's practice guide and key to styles from around the world.
Planet Musician: The World Music Sourcebook for Musicians


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.

Planet Musician (Hal Leonard #220008) retails for $23.95. Distributed to music and bookstores by Hal Leonard worldwide. Available from Hal Leonard Corporation: 800-554-0626