Mandolin Picker's Guide to Bluegrass Improvisation

by Jesper Rubner-Petersen
$24.99
sku: 02-22086M
Book/Online audio set. Based on the concept of learning by playing, this 200 page book covers a wide range of improvisation tools and how to implement them in your playing. A theoretical background is not required; the small amount of theory needed is simply presented and easily learned step by step. The subject matter varies in difficulty and can be used by both the beginner and more advanced player as an instructional guide and reference book. Major-themes include: The pentatonic sound, scale and major-chord based improvising with any Bluegrass-tune, double-stop improvisation, minor chords and keys, the blues sound, melody oriented improvisation, how to use: Monroe Style, cross picking, hot licks, how to simplify a lick, more. Lots of practice exercises. Multiple levels. Note/tab. 200 pp.   More Details...

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Contents:

  • About the Author/Credits
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Theory
  • The major scale
  • Intervals
  • Chapter 2 Chord Tones
  • Chapter 3 For the Beginner
  • The double-stop shuffle
  • Chapter 4 The Pentatonic Sound
  • The major pentatonic scale
  • Chapter 5 Let's Play Bluegrass
  • Chapter 6 Slow Improvising
  • Chapter 7 Stationary Improvising
  • Chapter 8 Let's Improvise
  • Troubleshooting
  • Easy playing
  • Chapter 9 The Spices
  • The minor 3rd
  • The minor 7th
  • The perfect 4th
  • The major 7th
  • Connection lines
  • Chapter 10 Mixing the Ideas
  • Chapter 11 One-Bar Licks
  • Chapter 12 "Last Line" Licks
  • Chapter 13 The G Chord
  • Chapter 14 The C Chord
  • Chapter 15 The F Chord
  • Chapter 16 Other Major Chords
  • The Bf chord
  • The B chord
  • Transposing "up the neck"
  • Chapter 17 Double-stops
  • The structures
  • Chapter 18 "Playing Around" with Double-stops
  • The movements
  • The picked slide
  • Ghost notes
  • Chapter 19 Other Double-Stops Ideas
  • Connecting the structures
  • Other double-stops shapes
  • Chord numbers
  • Harmonizing the major-scale
  • Major-scale movements
  • Chord related movements
  • The minor 7th sound
  • Chapter 20 Minor Chords
  • The dorian scale
  • The minor scale
  • The minor (no 6th) scale
  • The phrygian scale
  • The ( IV m ) chord
  • Chapter 21 Minor Keys
  • The minor scale
  • Horizontal playing
  • Symmetrical sequences
  • Adjustable playing
  • Vertical playing
  • The V chord in a minor key
  • The harmonic minor scale
  • The harmonic minor (no 6th) scale
  • Chapter 22 The Blues Sound
  • The blues scale
  • Mountain minor
  • The extended blues scale
  • Chapter 23 Monroe Style
  • "Anticipating the tonic"
  • The f 7 as leading tone
  • Down strokes
  • Chapter 24 Cross Picking
  • The two-string cross picking technique
  • The three-string cross picking technique
  • Chapter 25 The Melody
  • Chapter 26 Other Spices
  • The major scale
  • The mixolydian scale
  • Neighbor tones
  • Chromatic
  • The minor-pentatonic scale
  • The relative minor
  • Chord substitutions
  • Chapter 27 Hot Licks
  • Triplets
  • Large movements
  • Rhythmic displacement
  • Chapter 28 How to Simplify a Lick
  • Skipping tones
  • Staying on chord tones
  • Limited improvisation
  • Lick replacement
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix