JazzMando What's New - At long last, the waiting is over. The UPS truck left Mel Bay's warehouse yesterday with our first batch of "Getting Into Jazz Mandolin," and those that have already preordered should be seeing their copy in a week or less. Eighteen months of writing, and another three and a half years to wait in the que at the world-renown educational publisher; we hope to ship the middle of next week.
From the Mandolin Cafe Official Press Release: "Pacific, Mo. -- Mel Bay Publications, Inc. has announced the release of Ted Eschliman's new book, Getting Into Jazz Mandolin, 112-pages complete with music in standard notation, tablature, CD and web-based audio samples from JazzMando.com, Eschliman's personal mandolin web site.
No longer confined to basic folk genres, any mandolinist aspiring to a broader comprehension of music, including swing, blues, pop, choro, broadway, and even classical can expand their playing through a working knowledge of jazz fundamentals.
Getting Into Jazz Mandolin takes four uncomplicated fretboard patterns (FFcP) and drills a physical familiarity into the player's fingers, softening the fear of upper frets and prepares for the harmonic alterations necessary for effective and intuitive playing of more complex contemporary music.
A brief introduction into modes, the player is eased into jamming with audio accompaniment (CD), and eventually an initiation into the most fundamental jazz chord progression of all, the 'ii V7 I' pattern. From the horizontal (melody) to the vertical (chords) and back, the results are a both instinctive and physical grasp of tonal centers and the improvisational fodder of effective performing.
An emphasis on pinky strength, finger control and sustain, the book's exercises also develop the player's concepts of tone and melody. Further supportive resources including MP3 audio tracks are also available on the internet."
Note the book is currently available for preorders at most of the bigger popular online book retailers (Googling the title might yield some even at a discount). Elderly Music has committed to a heavy stock, also, but if you'd like to support this site, we are offering two versions, one unadulterated for $25 including domestic shipping, the other option $35 for an autographed version, with $10 being donated to the Cool Mandolins "Mandolins for Cool Kids" scholarship fund. (International orders available to many countries available for an additional $10.) Thanks for all of you who have waited so patiently.
Don't forget to check out the support page with additional audio tracks, Webtracks, including some versions of the material recorded by the world's top mandolinists. Tell your favorite artist he/she needs to add a track here, too!
More information: Getting Into Jazz Mandolin.