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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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August 20, 2011 | Spelling out the chords melodically

Having written almost four dozen articles for Mel Bay's Mandolin Sessions webzine, it's hard to say which has been our personal favorite, but the readership has resoundingly raved about one in particular, the Mel Bay mandolin series' highest read (over 18,000 reads as of today). A look at Diatonic Arpeggios based on closed finger patterns (FFcP), we explored Major Arpeggios and later Minor. This can be an invaluable fingertip skill in readily interpreting chord members within major and minor scales.

Diatonic Arpeggios: 'I vi7 ii7 V7' in all twelve keys
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Check the accompanying articles for further insights into how these can supercharge your ability to communicate the vertical (chord) structure of the song as you improvise:

Major Diatonic Arpeggios August 2009

Minor Diatonic Arpeggios October 2009

Review other past articles on our Mandolin Sessions archive page


Posted by Ted at August 20, 2011 5:05 AM

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