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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."
We're delighted to see Tennessee builder and long time JazzMando site supporter Jonathan Mann featured online in the Mel Bay artist interview page with Erica Haines, including a tour of some of his unique mandolin styles, and some hot licks you'll be able to put in your own chop library.
You'd be interested to know that prior to producing his electric signature "neck through" (for sustain) 4-, 5-, and 8-string mandolins, and breatkthrough baritone/octaves, Jon was a professional songwriter before his artistry at the bench making his highly sought after instruments. From the video and his library of YouTube demonstrations, it's obvious he's an accomplished picker, too.