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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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September 3, 2008 | Stiernberg Solo Transcription

By now you're no doubt aware of Webtacks, our latest audio support page for the upcoming "Getting Into Jazz Mandolin" book. We asked world premiere jazz mandolinist and personal mentor, Don Stiernberg to interpret the five songs out of the book which develop key individual concepts. Three of the five are on the accompanying CD, but two are exclusive to this site; you can get an aural glimpse of some of these lessons simply by listening to Don's finely honed improvisational craft as he takes a melody and weaves melodic variation.

John Eubanks, teacher, New Orleans based multi-instrumentalist and ace transcriber has offered graciously provided us keen insight into the brain of "The Don" by notating Don's solos on the track "Chickn' Apple Scrapple." This is a terrific opportunity to visually explore some of his fretboard moves and harmonic tricks.

View Solo: "Stiernberg on Chickn' Apple Scrapple."
Hear recording.

Hint: look for accidentals for harmonic detours, and observe Don's phrase sensibilities. If nothing else, steal some of his Chickn' "nuggets!"

Thanks John!

John Eubanks MySpace page

Posted by Ted at September 3, 2008 8:32 PM

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