Chord melody etudes for mandolin

Learn to arrange melody and harmony at the same time.

Don Stiernberg


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!

61 minutes across 27 parts

Introduction Free
What is chord melody?
Major chords
Minor chords
Dominant chords
Diminished chords
Augmented chords
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.

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