A Guide to Non-Jazz Improvisation Mandolin Edition - Dan Fox, Dick Weissman

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Weissman-Fox A Guide to Non-Jazz Improvisation Mandolin Edition (Book with Audio online) Weissman-Fox A Guide to Non-Jazz Improvisation Mandolin Edition (Book with Audio online)
Weissman-Fox A Guide to Non-Jazz Improvisation Mandolin Edition (Book with Audio online)





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The non-jazz improvisation series is a concept that germinated in Dick Weissman's mind while he was attending music school. He wrote a 15-piece arrangement of the old square dance tune, Cripple Creek, and wanted the trombone to take a solo as part of the arrangement. When the trombonist kept playing a bebop solo that was totally unsuitable for the chart, Dick realized that - in addition to the many musicians who do not improvise - there are even jazz musicians who don't know how to improvise outside the limits of their own stylistic backgrounds. The non-jazz improvisation series mostly includes new original tunes that are intended to show how to improvise in many musical styles, including;

* Blues
* Country
* American folk
* Latin-American
* World music including South American, Eastern European and Asian
* Odd meters (playing in a variety of time signatures)
* New Age
* Classical
* Folk-Rock

In short, the books are an encyclopedia of virtually every musical style, excluding jazz. Includes access to online audio. 128 pages.


  • What you should know before starting this book
  • Part 1- Techniques of Improvistion
  • Getting Started
  • Grace notes
  • Double, triple and quadruple grace notes
  • Mordents, turns, and trills
  • Neighbor notes, upper and lower neighbor notes
  • Passing tones, diatonic
  • Passing tones, chromatic
  • Slides
  • Tremolo
  • Improvising with Melodies (Summing up)
  • A Bit of Music Theory
  • Major Scales
  • Improvising with major scales
  • Melodic minor scales
  • Improvising with melodic minor scales
  • Improvising with modes
  • Ionian mode: Ionian Item
  • Dorian mode: The Drunken Sailor
  • Phrygian mode: The Spanish Tinge
  • Lydian mode: Lydia's Lunch
  • Mixolydian Mode: Old Joe Clark
  • Aeolian mode: Shady Grove
  • Locrian mode: Transposing modes
  • Specialty scales: D minor hexachord; Pretty Polly
  • Pentatonic scale on F:, Oh Susanna (part 1)
  • Pentatonic scale on C; Shortnin' Bread
  • Tetrachord: In the Pines
  • Double stops
  • Improvising with double stops: Just Lopin' Along
  • The Missouri Waltz
  • Using an open string as a drone: Black-Eyed Susie
  • Improvising with Chords
  • Common major chords in open position
  • Common minor and seventh chords in open position
  • MOvable chord forms
  • Movable major, minor, and seventh chords
  • Improvising with chords; arpeggio patterns
  • Part 2-Tunes and Styles- Country and Western
  • Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
  • Railroad Bill
  • Country Waltz: Beautiful Brown Eyes
  • Bluesgrass Mandolin
  • The Eighth of January
  • Hammering on
  • Little Maggie
  • John Hardy
  • Banks of the Ohio
  • Bluegrass rhythm mandolin
  • Irish Music
  • The Irish Washerwoman
  • Straight Jig
  • Stack O' Barley
  • Rhythm mandolin in 6/8 time
  • American Folk Music
  • Wildwood Flower
  • Sweet Betsy From Pike
  • Fly Around, My Pretty Little Miss
  • ragtime
  • Temptation Rag
  • Grandpa's Spells
  • Gospel
  • White Gospel: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  • Black Gospel: Wade in the Water
  • The Blues
  • Blues progressions in G, D, C, and Bb
  • Blues scales in G, D, C, and Bb
  • Blues in G
  • Mandolin Boogie
  • String bending
  • Rockin' the Blues
  • Odd Meters
  • 5/4, 7/8, 9/8
  • Five Times Four
  • The Other Bela
  • Odyssey in 9/8
  • Exotic scales
  • Chromatic scale
  • Whole tone scale
  • Klezmer Music
  • Misherabach: Chosen Kalle Mazel Tov
  • Harmonic minor: Havah Nagilah
  • Fraigish or Greek scale: Goodbye to Piraeus
  • Gypsy scale: Gypsy Fantasy
  • Japanes scale: The Geisha's Lament
  • Chinese scale: The Golden Bell
  • Banjo Rolls and Crosspicking
  • Little Maggie variations
  • The McReynolds roll
  • The Eighth of January (complete with crosspicking)
  • Railroad Bill (banjo roll with melody)
  • Playing with other people; Planning your arrangements;
  • Developing an original style
  • Recommended books and recordings











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