Hey, I posted this at the bottom of another thread, but thought I'd repost it here.
I don't know about the rest of you lads, but I feel that I'm really learning something when I can play along with Django at 75% speed... there is always something smart there which I can take and incorporate into my own solos.
In the previous thread, I was observing on Django's trick for showing the other musicians that he was going to continue playing another chorus by playing a diminished riff over the tonic chord at bar 31 and/or 32, and as you'll hear, he does that in this version of Rose Room. I made a separate little clip of just that passage, but I think it's played at full speed... but fear not, it's actually quite playable at that tempo.
Django was so good at using these little sweep pick patterns that to me it begs the question--- what precentage of these kind of riffs were improvised on the spot, and what percentage were pre-arranged?
I live in a little tourist town called Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada, which is about twenty miles north of Niagara Falls.
If you are ever planning on visiting the beautiful Niagara area, feel free to PM me and perhaps we can get together and do some jamming.