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Improvising on “How High the Moon,” Part 2: Ella Fitzgerald Solo

This lesson is part of the course Theory for Mandolin and Fiddle with Chad Manning.
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Improvising on “How High the Moon”  
 
Improvising on “How High the Moon”  
 
Improvising on “How High the Moon,” Part 2: Ella Fitzgerald Solo
Improvising on “How High the Moon,” Part 2: Ella Fitzgerald Solo
 

Chad shows how to play a chorus of Ella Fitzgerald’s classic recording of “How High the Moon” on the fiddle or mandolin, and how her notes correspond to the arpeggios and scales you’ve been using to improvise on the tune. He also gives you advice on singing with your instrument as you’re improvising.


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