With only four notes at a time, the mandolin has a lot to offer as a unique voice in any rhythm section. The sound of the instrument makes for great rhythmic textures, and the symmetry of the fretboard offers significant mileage with only a handful of chord shapes. Read full description…
With only four notes at a time, the mandolin has a lot to offer as a unique voice in any rhythm section. The sound of the instrument makes for great rhythmic textures, and the symmetry of the fretboard offers significant mileage with only a handful of chord shapes.
By learning to add the “good notes” to your voicings and diversity to your rhythm, you’ll be engaging more deeply with progressions and tunes, participating more actively at the jam or gig — and, of course, amazing your friends. Truly, a mandolinist can have as much fun playing rhythm as playing lead.
In this course, swing/jazz mandolinist and respected teacher Don Stiernberg shows you how to be more than a backing track when approaching classic and challenging repertoire. This course is broken into two segments:
* Segment one reviews necessary chord inversions and demonstrates how to navigate/decorate common cadences and tags.
* Segment two features 10 performances of Don alongside a guitarist keeping steady jazz time a la Freddie Green. Each song form is played three times and Don's comping complexity progressively increases. In contrast with the consistent guitar part, you really get a sense for just how far you can go.
This course is recommended for intermediate to advanced mandolinists who are comfortable playing over basic tunes and are interested in a challenge. As always, you’ll be able to loop and slow down the instruction and performances in Soundslice, and every note and chord is fully transcribed in tab and standard notation.
|Major chords and inversions|
|Minor chords and inversions|
|Dominant chords and inversions|
|Augmented chords and inversions|
|Diminished chords and inversions|
|2-5-1 major cadence|
|2-5-1 minor cadence|
|Chord shape trick|
|Tag 1 (I - i#dim - ii - iidim)|
|Tag 2 (Back cycle dominants)|
|Tag 3 (Back cycle ii - V)|
|Tag 4 (I - vi - ii - V)|
|Tag 5 (I - VI7 - II7)|
|Tag 6 (I - VIalt)|
|Tag 7 (I - b3 dim)|
|Tag 8 (i - vim7b5 - iim7b5)|
|After You’ve Gone (intro)|
|After You’ve Gone|
|I’m Old Fashioned (intro)|
|I’m Old Fashioned|
|Sit Right Down and Right Myself a Letter (intro)|
|Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter|
|Blues For Dixie (intro)|
|Blues for Dixie|
|I’ve Found a New Baby (intro)|
|I’ve Found A New Baby|
|East of the Sun and West of the Moon (intro)|
|East of the Sun|
|On Green Dolphin Street (intro)|
|On Green Dolphin Street|
|Stompin’ at the Savoy (intro)|
|Stompin’ at the Savoy|
|Willow Weep for Me (intro)|
|Willow Weep For Me|
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.