CHORD MELODY MANDOLIN
with Aaron Weinstein

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About This Course

Learn how to combine chords and melody to play jazz standards in the style pioneered by jazz mandolinist Jethro Burns and guitarists like Joe Pass and Bucky Pizzarelli.

AARON WEINSTEIN

Called “a perfect musician” by jazz guitar legend, Bucky Pizzarelli, Aaron Weinstein “is rapidly establishing himself as one of his instrument’s rare jazz masters.” (Don Heckman, International Review of Music). Aaron is a respected violinist and mandolinist, widely regarded as one of the mandolin’s leading exponents in the jazz idiom, and author of the jazz mandolin book Mandolin Chord Melody System (Mel Bay Publications).

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As a featured soloist, Aaron has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Blue Note, as well as at jazz festivals in England, France, Iceland, Israel, and Switzerland. He has performed and recorded with an array of jazz icons including Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Dave Frishberg, Jon Hendricks, and Annie Ross, as well as musicians as varied as New York Pops conductor Skitch Henderson and rock guitarist Jay Geils. He has written arrangements for vocalists such as Christine Ebersole, Linda Lavin, and the Manhattan Transfer’s Janis Siegel. Aaron is a recipient of both the New York City Bistro and New York City Nightlife Awards.

With the release of his Arbors Records debut, A Handful of Stars (heralded as “the rebirth of the hot jazz violin” by Nat Hentoff of the Wall Street Journal), Aaron became the youngest jazz musician to record for the prestigious label. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where he was awarded a full four-year talent-based scholarship.

Politically, Aaron is a bow-tie rights activist. He is also lactose intolerant but can find at least one agreeable item on any restaurant menu, a feat he’s called, “my greatest talent.” Aaron lives in New York City.

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Watch the video above for a taste of what you’ll learn in Aaron Weinstein’s Chord Melody Mandolin course.

Chord Melody Mandolin Sample Lesson

Chord Melody Basics, Part 2: Picking-Hand Technique

Aaron shows you how to create rhythmic variations on a basic chord melody progression by separating the chord and melody notesWith Notation/Tab

Chord Melody Mandolin Lessons

A subscription to Chord Melody Mandolin  includes:

  • A step-by-step approach to mastering chord melody mandolin
  • New lessons and tunes added every month
  • Detailed tab/notation and chord charts
  • High-quality video with multiple camera angles so you can see closeups of both hands in action
  • Play-Along Tracks so you can practice what you’ve learned

Get started now! Use promo code AaronLand at checkout and get your first month free or $20 off an annual subscription. Subscribe to the Chord Melody Mandolin course today for access to all of these mandolin lessons and new material every month!

Exploring Chord Melody on the Mandolin Aaron talks about how his chord melody style on the mandolin developed by studying with Don Stiernberg (a protégé of the great jazz mandolinist Jethro Burns), listening to records of early jazz guitarists like Carl Kress and Eddie Lang, and performing with guitarists Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, and others. He demonstrates some of the things he learned from their playing and ends by improvising on the jazz standard “Tangerine.”

CHORD MELODY BASICS

  • Chord Melody Basics, Part 1: Chord Voicings It’s not necessary to know hundreds of chord voicings to play chord melody mandolin. If you know a few core voicings, you can use those along with melody notes, to create satisfying voicings that fit the song you’re playing. In these introductory videos, Aaron takes two basic chords (Dm and G7) and shows you how to expand them to create a few couple simple chord melodies.
  • Chord Melody Basics, Part 2: Picking-Hand Technique Your fretting hand determines the notes you’re playing but your picking hand determines how those notes (and chords) are articulated. Aaron shows you how to create different sounds with the two progressions you learned in Part 1 by separating the chord and melody notes in different rhythmic ways, for example, playing the melody note before the full chord, or the bass note before the full chord. He also demonstrates how you can combine these approaches to give your chord melody performance some rhythmic variety.

CHORD MELODY SONGS

DEED I DO

  • Deed I Do, Part 1 The first chord melody arrangement you’ll learn is the 1920s jazz standard “Deed I Do.” It’s in the key of C and follows the standard 32-bar AABA form. Aaron walks you through his arrangement, phrase by phrase, explaining some of his arrangement and voicing choices and how he’s combined melody notes with the basic voicings you already learned. You’ll learn the first two A sections in this video, the second of which starts the same as the first but ends differently: Aaron uses different voicings and substitutions for the last four bars. 
  • Deed I Do, Part 2 Aaron takes more of a single-note approach to the bridge of “Deed I Do,” punctuating the melody with just a few chords. He takes you through it phrase by phrase also shows you his last A section, which is similar to the first, with just a few variations. 
  • Deed I Do, Part 3: Play-Along Track Use this video to play along with Aaron as he plays his chord melody arrangement of “Deed I Do” at a slow tempo.


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