By Michael Horowitz
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. Buy Now
In this 72-page book and CD you will learn:
- Proper body and hand positions
- The Rest-stroke picking technique
- Fifteen picking patterns
- Thirty of the most commonly used phrases
- A minor blues solo packed with Django's favorite ideas
- History of Django Reinhardt and other Gypsy guitarists
The book is organized into four sections:
- Part I, "Gypsy Jazz," provides historical information about Gypsy jazz and the Rest-stroke picking technique employed by Gypsy guitarists.
- Part II, "Fundamentals," explains proper body positions and practice guidelines that will help you progress more rapidly.
- Part III, "Picking Patterns," provides detailed explanations of the basic techniques required to execute Rest-strokes. It includes fifteen picking patterns that are the cornerstone of Gypsy jazz style playing.
- Part IV, "Musical Examples," contains thirty examples transcribed directly from the playing of Gypsy jazz guitarists. These examples are organized by their corresponding Picking Pattern from Part III. To help put some of these examples in context, a four-chorus long minor blues solo is provided for additional study.
The accompanying CD has audio examples of the fifteen picking patterns, thirty musical examples, and the minor blues solo.
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.