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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."
April 16, 2011 | Shelby Eicher; Moonlight in Vermont
We were introduced to the brilliant jazz fret work of Oklahoma educator and National Hall of Fame fiddler Shelby Eicher a few years ago. The former Roy Clark sideman's hollow-body 4-string mandola/short scale tenor guitar generates some real magic in the fingers of the Western Swingmaster. This rendition of the 1943 Blackburn/Suessdor song (made popular by the frets by the legendary guitarist Johnny Smith in 1952) flows perfectly out of the wood and strings of Eicher's instrument. (Tuned CGDA)