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December 13, 2012 | Mandolin. Jazz vs. Bluegrass

We've discussed how bluegrass and jazz are similar, but it's very important to understand the nuances of how they are different. Sometimes they aren't even subtle.

In last week's Tips and Tricks articles, we discussed the particulars. Comping, articulations, tone emphasis, the harmonic language, these are all ways the mandolinist needs to address to properly fit within the style of the ensemble. Worry too much about line and articulations finesse, you'll be drowned out by the acoustics of the other members of the bluegrass band. Drool endless self-indulgent pentatonic pyrotechnics in the jazz ensemble, you'll be laughter off the stage.

It's not an attack on either genre, it's a matter of knowing what you need to know to fit. We go into detail.

Read article: December 6, 2012 | Mandolin considerations. Jazz vs. Bluegrass


Posted by Ted at December 13, 2012 5:47 AM

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