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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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July 25, 2013 | Mandolin Chord "Playing Cards." 3-note chords

Last spring we added to our Merchandise Center a unique package of four portable cards you can study and conveniently stow in your case. Premium 80 lb. glossy full-color 5.47" x 4.21" postcards, we include complete variations of popular blocks you can move up, down, and across the freeboard to get the most out of your accompanying. They're also a handy tool to use as a starting point for chord melody.

Better range and timbre, more versatility in transposing, this approach to building basic chords off your thickest strings helps with less shrill background comping, and keeps you out of the way of the soloists. They're also terrific as a building block other 5th tuned instruments including mandola, mandocello, tenor guitar, and 5-string mandolins.

All 3-note 7th Chord inversions, Major, Minor, and Dominant
Major 'ii V7 I'
Minor 'ii7b5 V7 i'
'I vi ii V7'

These are the basic harmonic "sentences" of jazz and popular music. Very important to have in your fingers!

Available in sets of four cards, priced at $5.00 each ($6.50 for Canadian and International shipping).

Purchase information: JazzMando 3-note Mandolin "Playing Cards"

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Posted by Ted at July 25, 2013 6:53 AM


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