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Play faster, louder, and with better tone by learning the rest-stroke picking technique used by Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Bireli Lagrene, and Fapy Lafertin.
In this 72-page book and CD you will learn:
This book will be beneficial for guitarists at any skill level. The basic techniques and picking patterns explained in this book will help beginning students develop a solid foundation on which to build their technique. More advanced students, of whom many have never been exposed to Gypsy technique, will find the picking techniques and Gypsy musical phrases in this book a welcome addition to their improvisational vocabulary. Additionally, the basic picking technique described in this book can be applied to many styles of plectrum guitar playing other than Gypsy jazz. Rock, bebop, bluegrass, and blues guitarists can all improve their technique and musical vocabulary through the material in this book.
One of the unique features of this book is the meticulous attention given to right-hand pick strokes and left hand fingerings. The picking patterns and fingerings notated in this book are based on research among Gypsy musicians and the study of video footage of Django Reinhardt. This book is unlike many other Gypsy jazz guitar instructional books in which the fingering and picking suggestions are unidiomatic to the Gypsy jazz genre or, at worst, merely an afterthought full of errors. To spare you this frustration, the examples in this book demonstrate proven ways of executing Gypsy musical phrases.
The accompanying CD has audio examples of the fifteen picking patterns, thirty musical examples, and the minor blues solo.
Gypsy Picking unlocks the secrets of the right hand in Gypsy jazz guitar playing. It is incredibly helpful to the novice or the more advanced player in this style and will help the player develop power, speed and most importantly the right tone and attitude for this music. I wish this book had been around when I first started learning this style in the early '80s!
John Jorgenson, world renown session guitarist, former Desert Rose Band, Hellecasters, and Elton John Band is currently touring and recording with the John Jorgenson Band and has been a leading proponent of Gypsy jazz in the US for 20 years.
How many times have you tried to execute that new hot guitar lick you just learned only to find that your picking hand was too slow to keep up with your fretting hand? I think most guitarists will agree that obtaining an efficient picking technique is undoubtedly one of the most difficult hurdles for guitar students of any style. Michael Horowitz’s new book Gypsy Picking is unique in that it offers a systematic approach to deal with this under discussed topic of guitar technique. In this 64 page book, Horowitz, a member of Seattle-based Gypsy jazz group Pearl Django, explains the very efficient and loud “rest-stroke” picking technique he learned from the Sinti Gypsies of Holland as part of his dissertation research. The rest-stroke technique (which was used by Django Reinhardt) is explained clearly through a series of 45 examples in both standard notation and tablature. The examples were transcribed from recordings or learned directly from the playing of Gypsy guitar masters such as Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, and Fapy Lafertin. Detailed fingerings, picking suggestions, and photos show you how to play all those fancy Django licks just like the Gypsies do. Additionally, the included CD has recorded versions of all the examples. Horowitz also includes inspirational quotes and photos from his Gypsy teachers, giving the reader a sense of their wonderful musical culture. Gypsy Picking is a “must” for anyone interested in Gypsy jazz but is also highly recommended for guitarists of any style who wish to improve their picking technique.
Erling Rockwell, The Quarter Note – Dusty Strings
A wonderfully thorough study of the right hand in Gypsy jazz guitar, this book is a fabulous resource - a 'must' for the serious student of Gypsy jazz, whether a beginner or advanced player. Bravo, Michael Horowitz!
Neil Andersson, Pearl Django
While many books have taught the arrangements and chord changes of Reinhardt oriented tunes, none have attacked the correct manner in which the style is traditionally played.Gypsy Picking is the first such method and is required study by those who take their Jazz Manouche seriously and wish to obtain a correct, legitimate sound. The photographic examples depicting correct posture, the way to hold the instrument, hand and plectrum placement introduce the student to the fundamentals of obtaining a correct tone and the picking exercises are the keys which unlock the door to the unique sound and style of this genre of jazz. The picking exercises – focuses on the correct methods for picking upstrokes, sweep strokes, alternate picking patterns, triplets, horizontal and chromatic arpeggios and double bass triplet runs as played by the Gypsies are just a few of the studies contained herein. Horowitz’ method of teaching, aimed at players of all skill levels, exhibits the quality one would expect from a musician with a BA from Berkley while his lessons reflect his hands-on study with some of Holland’s finest young Gypsy talent. The best thing is that the lessons in this book are easily transferable to other methods out there. Highly Recommended.
Ted Gottsegen, Just Jazz Guitar
After sitting at the feet of some of the top Gypsy jazz players in Europe and analyzing every component of the music associated with Django Reinhardt, Michael Horowitz has come up with Gypsy Picking, a landmark achievement that unravels the complexities and inner secrets of this fascinating style. In the first instruction book to explore the intricate right-hand picking patterns of Gypsy jazz in such detail, Horowitz takes the reader/student through downstrokes, sweep picking, horizontal arpeggios, syncopations, rest strokes, triplets, and other pivotal techniques. The 64-page text includes a series of helpful musical examples that demonstrate how a guitarist can use each pattern melodically, and Horowitz plays each example on an accompanying CD.
Dave McCarty, Acoustic Guitar Magazine