Andy Statman – Jazz Mandolin From Bill Monroe to Bebop (6 CDs + Book Set)
This in-depth mandolin course takes you beyond bluegrass and into the fascinating realm of jazz improvisation. Starting with an exploration of Bill Monroe’s blues-tinged bluegrass style, Andy Statman guides you through a variety of scales, modes, riffs, chord progressions and substitutions. In addition to teaching his own techniques, he shows you, in detail, how to improvise bebop, swing and contemporary jazz styles pioneered by such mandolin greats as Jethro Burns, Tiny Moore, David Grisman and others.
Andy passes on an immense amount of musical wisdom and powerful playing techniques in the course of this six-hour instructional method. You’ll learn the proper way to play arpeggios, tremolos, double stops, rhythm chops, licks and runs in a variety of keys and positions. At the same time, you’ll develop an understanding of music theory that will add to your musical knowledge and build your musicianship. The ability to improvise creatively is the essence of playing jazz, and Andy supplies the building blocks that will enable you to do it with grace and confidence. You’ll get insights into the amazing bebop ideas that were pioneered by Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, and will learn how to transfer them to the mandolin.
Andy Statman is a brilliant mandolin player in both the bluegrass and jazz idioms as well as being one of the foremost exponents of klezmer music in the world today. The protege of the legendary klezmer clarinetist Dave Tarras, Andy is an internationally acclaimed clarinet and mandolin virtuoso who has appeared on over 100 recordings. Profiles of his life and music have been featured on CBS, CNN and National Public
Radio, and his mastery has been acknowledged by Billboard, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Downbeat and other publications. Andy has collaborated and recorded extensively with Itzhak Perlman, Bela Fleck and David Grisman. His CD, “Between Heaven & Earth” (Shanachie) is a groundbreaking improvisational treatment of the music of the great Jewish mystics.