I began my study of Gypsy Jazz 2 1/2 years ago like many of us: memorizing Django solos. Now, I am making a real effort to learn to solo on my own. I've been using Anthony Parker's great new book and tuning in to Christiaan's helpful videos to get that going.
I've hinted at this in other posts before in various ways. Now, as I really work on understanding licks, phrases, étude studies, I find myself drawn back into keeping the repertoire of solos I've memorized up to par. In fact, those solos often seduce me away from the more difficult task of learning the fretboard and understanding theory specific to Gypsy Jazz. In other words, the hard stuff. After all, will I ever be able to play anything more interesting than Django's solo for "I'll See You in My Dreams," for example?
So, fellow travelers, I'd be interested in how you broke away from my canon of solos out there and ventured into your own territory.