Hello! I'm Andhi from Indonesia. I've played guitar for 3 years, and just had interest in playing Gypsy Jazz since last year. I'm fairly new to playing the genre, but I've listened to Django Reinhardt's songs for quite some times. Currently, I have no GJ-suited guitar here because no guitar shop/luthier sells one as of now.
Anyway, I wanted to play a Jazz standard that I liked, which is John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice". So far I've only found one video of a quartet (or trio, can't remember) playing it in Gypsy Jazz style. Compared to how I tried to play it, the rhythm guitarist seem to be able to play the song so easily and with chord shapes that are not very complex.
How can I play the chords of a standard without making things complex?
I've heard that it is okay to replace chords voicing. For example, if it's written, say, a Gmaj7 on a standard, I may replace the 7th voicing into the 6th -- therefore, turning it into Gmaj6, to make it more GJ-ish and easier for the fingering.
Are there any other tips that I can use to help me play any standards I liked?
(p.s. It's quite impossible for me to find a mate to play with on Gypsy Jazz style, so try not to come here if that's your goal hahaha)