Jazz standards for arranged for one mandolin. Recently I bought an “iReal Book.” Recording is great practice, one can re-create interesting parts, and omit the less inspirational parts. Below I share my arrangement of a classic song.What a Wonderful World
This is the bare bones, “before,” rendition.
Today is the very first time I have attempted to play this piece for one mandolin, in a week or so I will upload what I will then call an, “after.”
A more polished recording, arranged with melody decisions I feel best fit in the song, and on my fretboard. Using a melting pot of ideas, tossing them off my band, I then attempt to make my own unique musical statement within the context of the song. Arranging a tune so one can improvise within it takes time. My goal is to show how this time can help the greater good of the music as well as that of our ears.
I have found that chord solo playing on one instrument helps me really learn a song inside and out. It is good practice and much more fun than running through scales or theory, although they can be applied in this context. Try this yourself and share! Learn to play the chords first, then find the melody within them. Any song popularized works, from Nirvana to Debussy.