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"Good improvisation communicates harmonic progression melodically. Effective melodies manipulate harmonic content through the use of guide tones and preparatory gravity notes, masterfully woven in systematic tension, release, and transparent harmonic definition."

Introducing the Mando ModeExplorer!. This isn't a chord or mode dictionary, it's an interactive tour guide into a wonderful journey of chord and scale theory.

Such study can be dry and tedious taken out of context. Throw in some compelling graphics (nice A+ Deluxe, by the way...), a well thought out organizational strategy, an attractive chord computer, and you have a tremendous tool for unraveling the mysteries of jazz theory.

Context; that's always been my hook for understanding how these things work. (You can't know the answers until you know the questions...) Software guru and company president Craig Schmoller of Groveland Software Labs has done a marvelous job of taking actual tunes and showing you delicious opportunities to some alternate changes. The names of the songs changed to protect the innocent (or cleverly avoid copyright infringement), you get such sample "standards" as "Autumn Leaves," "I've Got Rhythm," and the indomitable "Giant Steps," to whet your whistle a bit.

Understand, Mando ModeExplorer is not a destination. It's a journey.

Though it's encyclopedic approach is thorough and tightly constructed, the beauty is the behind the scenes inner workings of chord construction. SEEING a mando fretboard and hearing actual mandolin audio makes the experience all the more enriching.

Currently avaialable in Windows XP or 2000 (required) this can be ordered from the Groveland Software Labs website: You could spend months in a jam session with a great player learning the sort of inner workings of chord voicings this program will show you in minutes. For less than the cost of a good meal at a nice restaurant, you can "consume" these never ending nuggets of insight. Get online, downloard, and get exploring!

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The Mando ModeExplorer is a powerful software tool that helps unlock the mandolin's awesome potential for the modern player...

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