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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."
January 23, 2011 | Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic - Smooth Criminal
Not much mandolin content here, but this YouTube video should be a creative inspiration to acoustic string musicians everywhere. The young internationally acclaimed Croatian classical cellists, Stjepan Hauser and Luke Sulic really tear it up in this clever arrangement of Michael Jackson's pop hit, "Smooth Criminal."
It would be hard for two mandolinists to simulate the aural drama of the cello's tenor and bass register cababilities, unless of course one of them was mandocellist master Mike Marshall. It's also interesting to see the Luis and Clark carbon fibre cellos in action, of the same company that manufactures the popular New-MAD mandolins.