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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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January 2, 2014 | John Pisano on rhythm guitar


Legendary guitarist John Pisano demonstrates how a rhythm guitarist can super charge static progressions in the incredible YouTube clip below. Notice how he takes a long passage of a single chord, moves up inversions up the fretboard but in between, inserts passing chords to give the rhythm both energy and interesting harmonic color.

Video link: John Pisano

Check some of our archive pages for thoughts on how you can do the same on the mandolin.

Vamps. Creating energy with Diatonic triads
Chord vamp lessons
Vamps. Minor modal
Static Changes: Connecting Chords
7th Chord Streams. Under the hood

Posted by Ted at January 2, 2014 5:24 PM

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