Chord melody etudes for mandolin

Learn to arrange melody and harmony at the same time.

Don Stiernberg is back again, and this time he’s helping you get to the bottom of arranging for solo mandolin: presenting melody and chordal information simultaneously. After you’ve digested this course, you’ll be capable of making and playing fuller sounding arrangements — a particularly nice thing to do when you’re home for the holidays and someone says, “play something!”

The course begins by expanding on the basic chord voicings (major, minor, dominant, diminished and augmented) with variations that are common to chord melody playing — voicings that specifically help to enhance melody. Don then shows you how to put those chord voicings to work in some basic intros, endings and phrases that get you accustomed to the new role you can play as a mandolin player with chord melody at your disposal.

Once you’re feeling comfortable with all of that, Don presents nine original tunes in various styles, keys, and progressions, all done using chord melody technique. Everything can be looped and slowed down for you to get just right. And the etudes come with guitar backing tracks that you can practice with separately.

Go from the rhythm section to center stage with Chord Melody Etudes for Mandolin!



New here? Read our FAQ to learn how it works and why it’s the best.

Total time: 61 minutes across 27 parts

· Introduction Free preview
· What is chord melody?
· Major chords
· Minor chords
· Dominant chords
· Diminished chords
· Augmented chords
· Enharmonics
· Intros and endings: introduction
· Intros and endings: 1
· Intros and endings: 2
· Intros and endings: 3
· Intros and endings: 4
· Intros and endings: 5
· Intros and endings: 6
· Intros and endings: moving voice
· Intros and endings: Night and Day sequence
· Intros and endings: minor 3rd movement
· Major in Gypsology
· Minor in Gypsology
· Bop Dollop
· In G for D.E.
· Midwestern Mandofunk
· Mystery en Mineur
· Soul Pickin'
· The Hawk Steps Up
· Three Finger Waltz

About Don Stiernberg

While still in his teens, Don learned to play the mandolin from the innovative and influential virtuoso Jethro Burns. Jethro referred to Don as his “graduate student,” hired him to play in his band, and guided him to a career as a professional musician which has already lasted forty years.

A leading exponent of jazz mandolin style, Don has eight recording projects of his own and appears on many others by a variety of artists in all styles. He wrote the book “Jazz Mandolin Appetizers,” published by Mel Bay in 2013.

In addition to touring coast to coast and abroad, Don stays busy around his native Chicago with performing and recording work. He also contributed a regular column to Mandolin Magazine and has been an instructor at many mandolin events around the world.

More from this artist

About Soundslice

Soundslice is the ultimate learning and practice environment for music.

Our site gives you sheet music (and tablature) that’s synced with real audio/video recordings. That means you’ll be listening to real performances as you work through material — giving you insight into the human elements of music that couldn’t possibly be notated.

Use our simple-yet-powerful tools to explore music deeply. Slow down audio/video without changing pitch; loop sections simply by dragging across notation. It’s seamless and beautiful.

When you buy, you get instant access. Everything works in your web browser, with nothing to download or install. Works on tablets and smartphones, too.

Best of all, a majority of the proceeds goes directly to the instructor, not to a faceless corporation. Thanks for supporting musicians!