We’re excited to have you in Melodic Embellishment: A Doorway to Improvisation, the upcoming eight-part live Zoom workshop series taught by Peghead Nation mandolin instructor Sharon Gilchrist.
In this workshop, Sharon will use common bluegrass and old-time tunes to demonstrate her method for teaching students how to embellish and vary melodies as a way to begin to improvise. The specific tunes that Sharon will use are listed below, and there are PDFs (notation and tab) and audio MP3s of each tune as well, so you can download those and work on the basic melodies of the material before the workshop begins.
You’ll also find the notation and tab PDFs that Sharon will refer to in Week 1.
MELODIC EMBELLISHMENT NOTATION AND TAB – WEEK 1, Saturday, January 16
Classes will be held every other Saturday from 11 am to 12 pm PST (2 pm to 3 pm EST), starting on Saturday, January 16 and ending on Saturday, April 24.
MELODIC EMBELLISHMENT TUNE LIST
Download the PDFs (notation and tab) here: MelodicEmbellishmentTunes_Complete
To download MP3 audio files for each tune, right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) anywhere on the audio player and choose “save audio as.” If you have trouble downloading them in Safari, try Chrome, Firefox, or Brave.
Watch videos and download materials for sessions of Sharon’s workshop on improvising.Read More
Our Melodic Mandolin Tunes instructor walks through helpful exercises for working double-stops into your accompaniment and soloing in this workshop.Read More