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Improvising on “How High the Moon,” Part 1

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 1
Improvising on “How High the Moon,” Part 1
 

Chad gives you advice on improvising on “How High the Moon” using the scales and arpeggios you learned in the previous lesson. He begins by playing through the melody, scales, and arpeggios, as you did in the last lesson. Then he shows you how to make musical phrases out of the scales and arpeggios, by playing with dynamics and expression, and how to create melodies out of the notes of the arpeggios. 


 
 
 
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