So I knew about Django a few years ago and would ask my guitar teacher questions, and he'd be like "Oh yeah. Sure." That kind of gave me the sense of where he was in the mental encyclopedia of pro guitarists, however I didn't study his playing that much. Later, I heard Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins doing a live acoustic version of I'll See You in My Dreams. I was into it and gradually learned how to do by learning Merle Travis's simple version first and then going for them. I heard my teacher remark in their solos, there was definitely jazz influence. (This included Brian Setzer.) So I thought Django would be a good place to start it out. I also learned that Mark Knopfler was kind of influenced by Django, and he learned from diversifying his guitar playing to different genres, which made me want to branch out. So I chose to do I'll See You in My Dreams by Django.
That Django version I have working on for a few months and it's, lol, not too easy for a starting jazz person. I wanted to learn mainly why certain riffs work and how I can improvise over that song, and songs like that. My teacher to start with arpeggios in jazz. I followed that instruction and I've also learned that I can use certain scales at particular moments. But the whole thing was pretty hard. (Those chordal changes, and the number of chords.) I also wanted to go beyond just boring arpeggios and find more color.
So is there something simpler you recommend? Any recommendations? You think Sweet Georgia Brown? Give out suggestions that would help me. What's a good one for a beginner? (I've been playing 11 years so far but my music theory, lol as you can tell, is a little behind.)