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Don Stiernberg - Jazz Mandolin Appetizers

By Mandolin Cafe
November 30, 2013 - 9:00 am

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Don Stiernberg - Jazz Mandolin Appetizers

Don Stiernberg - Jazz Mandolin Appetizers

Pacific, Mo. — Mel Bay, Inc. has announced the publication of Don Stiernberg's Jazz Mandolin Appetizers, a Book/CD collection for mandolinists who wish to expand their improvisational vocabulary and spice up their rhythm accompaniment.

The book and accompanying audio include a batch of etudes that address the challenges every improvising mandolinist faces. These include common issues such as selecting notes that sound good with chord progressions and finding them on the fretboard.

In the first section, new melodies are presented for chord progressions that are often played at swing and jazz jam sessions. These tunes will benefit players of any style.

Concepts are discussed at the beginning of each tune such as harmonic analysis and the effects of certain intervals (useful groups of tones). The tablature suggests fingerings for the melodies. The chordal section shows how chords and progressions can be made more interesting by adding color, tension and movement.

Chord substitution is also demonstrated. Working through this section will prepare the player with commonly played progressions and will expand their chord voicing vocabulary up and down the neck.

Lastly, a study of chord-melody style playing is presented. Playing the melody and harmony at the same time yields full sounding solo arrangements.

Don Stiernberg is a leading proponent of the jazz mandolin style. He has eight available recordings, performs coast to coast and abroad, writes a column for Mandolin Magazine and teaches at prominent events such as the Mandolin Symposium.


Jazz Mandolin Appetizers Guidelines, Suggestions and "Wise Sayings" About Improvisation
Get to Know Your Tones and Intervals
Color Tones
Tensions and Alterations
What About s4, s11, f13?
Wise Sayings
Lima Bean Gumbo
Minor (and Major) Swing
Savannah Stomp
Bibim Bop
Big Chief Wauconda
Rhythm Changes Changed
Rhythm Changes
Rhythm Changes Changed #2
Rhythm Changes Changed #3
Rhythm Changes Changed #4
Rhythm Changes Changed #5
Rhythm Changes Changed #6
Chord Melody
Chord Melody #1
Chord Melody #2 "Ballad"
Chord Melody #3 "After a Rain"
Chord Melody #4 "Swing"
"Jazzberry Blossom"

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November 30, 2013 09:57 AM
40% off at the Mel Bay website Thur-Sun using code MB13THX.
John Soper
November 30, 2013 10:01 AM
Ordered! smile
November 30, 2013 10:04 AM
It would be great if we could see more sample content...
Scott Tichenor
November 30, 2013 10:07 AM
Quote from robert.najlis: It would be great if we could see more sample content... End Quote

There are samples on their web site.
November 30, 2013 10:35 AM
Quote from Scott Tichenor: There are samples on their web site. End Quote
Yes, I saw those, I was hoping for a bit more...
November 30, 2013 01:41 PM
My Local Music store rarely has something useful , but they do have an Account with Mel's distribution.

so thanks for the Heads Up, I'll have them get a copy.
November 30, 2013 04:42 PM
I couldn't wait for Christmas on this one -- I ordered it immediately. This is going to be great!

Pete Braccio
November 30, 2013 04:54 PM
Mine is ordered as well. Don's instructional material at the Mandolin Symposium and in Mandolin Magazine is top notch. You get the also get the added benefit of supporting someone who logs on to the Cafe and adds depth to the discussions here.

December 01, 2013 11:50 PM
Too hard to order at Mel Bay. I'll wait for Amazon!
Tom Morse
December 02, 2013 03:33 PM
Ordered mine from Mel Bay. Missed the nice 40% discount, but I'm still stoked about this book. Between Mandolin World News and Mandolin Magazine and his terrific CDs, I've been gobbling up everything Don dishes out. This is going to be a fun winter with all of these tasty Appetizers to relish!
Ryk Loske
December 06, 2013 08:12 PM
Ordered and arrived! OhBoyOhBoyOhBoy! It's gonna make my fingers sore but i really like this offering.

July 06, 2015 04:38 PM
Been using this book quite sometime. Through Don's diction, it is my understanding that he is re-naming the songs mentioned to avoid copyright issues?

Does anybody have a list of the actual songs he is notating?
Mandolin Cafe
November 13, 2017 07:14 AM
Noting the four-year anniversary of this great book by Don Stiernberg. A must own for aspiring jazz mandolinists!
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