"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."
March 25, 2010 | In case you missed it: Don Stiernberg Interview
You may have caught this when it came out, and even if you did, the Don Stiernberg Interview on the Mandolin Cafe resource website is worth a reread. We'll credit a tremendous amount of inspiration, really the initial impetus of starting the JazzMando website to this talented man. He answers some insightful questions from readers about theory, his personal influences, experiences under Jethro Burns' tutelage, and examines some interesting ideas about the paradoxical intersection of jazz and bluegrass music.
Take a few moments to read his words of wisdom, listen to the tunes, and when you get a chance, print off some of the free PDFs. Coincidentally, these are a good taste of the direction of his upcoming Mel Bay book, "Jazz Mandolin Appetizers," co-authored by the Site Administrator, Ted Eschliman.