Vinny Raniolo is best known for his accompanying skills and is a very high demand rhythm guitarist. His dynamic playing has brought him to 14 countries on three continents - and still growing - having performed in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York’s Lincoln Center and the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.
While keeping a busy touring schedule in a variety of musical settings, Vinny has also become a familiar figure on Public Television. Featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends, in Frank Vignola's Four Generations of Guitar as the youngest generation in the lineage of jazz guitarists with veteran Bucky Pizzarelli and in the Music Gone Public series. Recording credits include soundtracks for HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Woody Allen's film Café Society.
“When Frank Vignola was asked to put together a team for what will hopefully be the first of a long run of guitar nights at New York’s Cutting Room, he called ‘all of the Italian guitar players I could get,’ he said with a wink at the club... These weren’t just any “Italian guitar players” though. First, there was Vinny Raniolo, Vignola’s longtime musical partner. The two of them together are a force of nature: superior, simpatico, entertaining players with a wide-ranging repertoire and off-the-charts facility.” – JazzTimes
“Vignola and Raniolo’s dual acoustic guitars blend like espresso and gelato. From the first notes of “It Might As Well Be Spring,” the players leap with acrobatic precision from strummed triplets to descending diminished scale runs. On mellower takes Vignola and Ran¬iolo recall the frisky interplay of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.” – The Christian Century
Welcome to Vinny Raniolo's Introducing Chord Melody. In this lesson, Vinny will take you deep into developing ways to play chord melody arrangements. To
develop this melodic and harmonic freedom, Vinny takes four songs and creates practice ideas to demonstrate useful chord voicings. Your knowledge of
the fretboard will improve and you'll have the tools to continually challenge yourself and create your own chord melody ideas for playing other songs.
A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD. each tune is taught phrase by phrase and played slowly on a split-screen.
Titles include: Four Leaf Clover, All Of Me, Moonglow and These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
Running time: 111 minutes- Level 2/3 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: Not on guitarist Vinny Raniolo’s watch. No longer will the congenial “Four Leaf Clover” get looked over, passively. Instead, the timeless standard joins three others as demonstrative workhorses that bring to life how to get the chords under your fingers to interact with a melody line. In other words: “Introducing Chord Melody.” After first breaking in the valuable technique with a series of warm-up exercises, Raniolo jazzfully guides you out into open waters once charted by Billie, Ella and Benny, and sailed by your fellow fretsmen Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell and George Benson. That’s where the line between practical application (single notes, chords, chord voicings) and gorgeous expression blurs tremendously. Just as sumptuous now, each classic example comes with its own fine details, be that the bluesy bridge swinging across “Moonglow” or some of the most cottony E flat, C minor and F minor chords you’ll ever hear put to use floating “These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You).” For daredevils, there’s that finger-busting A minor voicing in the midst of “All of Me.” – Dennis Rozanski/Blues Rag