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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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November 5, 2005 | John McGann

Jazz and Celtic virtuoso multi-instrumentalist John McGann, Associate Professor at the renown Berklee College of Music in Boston, is an artist and educator you'll want to follow. Author of several great columns, including Mandolin Magazine's "Octave Mandolin," John possesses a wide range of expertise in many styles, including Celtic, Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, and Roots music.

To start with, check out his insights on Improvisation. John gives you tips on how to "get under the hood" of basic chord structure, and exploit its potential in smart linear, melodic creation.

You'll also want to get your arms around his thoughts on chord construction, the importance of the placement of the 3rd & 7th in voicing concise but flexible chords.

Get to know John McGann!

And for a delcious treat, pickup both the two Wayfaring Strangers album. Just imagine Ralph Stanley and banjo, crooning over a modal jazz trio. Appalachia in Birdland.

Monroe meets Mingus...

Posted by Ted at November 5, 2005 11:00 AM

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