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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."

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March 1, 2012 | John McGann, Julian Lage, Darol Anger, Rob Thomas- Opus de Funk


We've been working with Professor John McGann on an upcoming MandolinSessions article on the improvisational process recently. The above souvenir picture from a recent trip across the pond was a pleasant surprise considering our mutual admiration for the Fab Four. For a real treat, check out his acoustic wizardry with Brian Herbert on their session picker's tribute to the Beatles, "Any Time at All."


On a jazzier note, we also wanted to share with you this terrific YouTube vid from the Berklee multi-instrumentalist monster and some of his acoustic jazz friends. The Horace Silver Blues/Bebop standard, "Opus de Funk" is executed marvelously.


Video Link: John McGann, Julian Lage, Darol Anger, Rob Thomas--Opus de Funk

John McGann--mandolin
Julian Lage--Guitar
Darol Anger--fiddle
Rob Thomas--bass

Read Mandolin Cafe archive interview: 10 Questions for John McGann

Posted by Ted at March 1, 2012 12:24 PM

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