Christian Howes: Gnarls Barkley – Crazy (electric Violin Cover)


Christian Howes: Gnarls Barkley – Crazy (electric Violin Cover)

Jazz violinist Christian Howes covers Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” on electric violin using a loop pedal.

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Electric violinist Christian Howes plays a Yamaha SV-250 with D’Addario Zyex and Helicore strings. In this cover of Gnarls Barkley- Crazy, he uses a Boss ME-70 for effects and a Jam Man for looping.

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This recording of “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley, was improvised in one take. Christian Howes offers a variety of resources to string players who want to study improvisation in blues, rock, jazz, and more via his online courses at the Creative Strings Academy, his summer workshop “The Creative Strings Workshop” , and various literature at

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22 Comments

  1. Do you still have the violin that you played this song on? If not what did you do with it since you unboxed that yamahaw? I used to spell grate but my letters are getting old Lol.

  2. I’m jealous. I’ve just started in the Electric Violin game. I got my first accustic one when I was eight years old. Since I’m visually impaired no teacher would teach me for years. I aventually found somone who taught me how to play by ear. Then wright when I was getting used to him his price went up. I had to learn things on my own. Now I’m 34 and I play for my church. I really am glad you’re playing after what you’ve been through. I wanted to start the Society on Facebook but I can’t find any string players on facebook. Like I said, it takes two or more people and I’m stuck. Oh well keep playing.

  3. damn, so dope! Heard you on the School of Greatness awhile back and really enjoyed it. I just listened to you on Good Life Project today, you’re awesome man, such an inspiring story! Much love

  4. Thanks for sharing these videos Christian. A lot of things to learn and to show to my students. Very interesting!!!

  5. This is so great! One question: how did you create percussion? I’ve been trying to do the same thing on my electric violin/looper, but I can’t produce any beats. I’m definitely going to look into your workshop, but I would love to know if this is just a tech issue or technique!

  6. I am considering purchasing the Yamaha SV-250
    I have read about some problems with the the setup from the factory by a few reviewers.
    Any complaints with yours?
    Or anybody else out there in youtube land?

    Continuing listening to the music
    It does get pretty crazy (good)

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