Dix Bruce Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm for Mandolin II with CD
Learn 12 MORE great Gypsy Swing/Hot Club standards (see song list below left) in the style of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and The Quintette of the Hot Club of France. This is volume II of our popular Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm set.
Just like with the original set, you'll play along with a great Gypsy Swing Rhythm Section and learn chords, comping, and melodies, then let the band back you up as you practice chords and soloing. You play all the leads while the band backs you up. Beginners can practice basic skills while more advanced players can hone their improvisation chops, each at their own individual learning pace.
You'll learn moveable closed position swing/jazz chords and practice playing them with the swing mandolin comp. We've also included information on basic chord substitution along with exercises on transposing melodies and chord progressions to different keys. These are essential skills for any swing/jazz musician. You'll also explore some basic chord melody passages!
But we've added more: Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm II has downloadable bonus music, lyrics, TAB, and MP3s!
Among the twelve selections in a variety of keys are some of the most popular songs in the style. We've got "Indiana," "Limehouse Blues," and "El Choclo" the great tango. "Clouds and Shadows" is a chord melody etude based on Django's "Nuages." "St. James Infirmary" and "Django's Djazz Blues" will let you work out on minor and major blues changes in a variety of different keys. In fact, "Django's Djazz Blues" works through seven different keys. "Margie," "Whispering," and "Stumbling" are wonderful melodies and chord progressions played by swing and jazz musicians all over the world. "Tiger Rag," with its four key changes, will challenge the most advanced player but it'll be more fun that you can imagine!
Book/CD set Includes standard notation, tablature, chord diagrams, lyrics, playing tips, and more. Each song is presented on the CD at slow and regular speed. First you’ll hear the melody played on mandolin at a slow speed with just guitar backup, then it's repeated at regular speed with the band. The back up band is a classic "Hot Club"- style rhythm section with two acoustic rhythm guitars, string bass, plus a rhythm mandolin so mandolinists can hear just how the Gypsy Swing comp sounds on mandolin. Split track mixing on the recording allows the student to hear just the melody (while reading along in the book) or just the rhythm section, or both for maximum flexibility and specific study. On this mandolin version of Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm II for Mandolin all the leads are played on mandolin. Finally the band plays several choruses and you play all the leads. Songs may be repeated, at slow or regular speed, as many times as you wish in order to perfect phrases, melodies and solos in a band context. Potential for improvement is unlimited. We’ll jam all night long! Guitar version also available.
Table of Contents:
Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm II
How to work with the book and CD
Swing Mandolin Rhythm
Chinatown, My Chinatown
St. James Infirmary
Clouds and Shadows
(Back Home Again in) Indiana
Django’s Djazz Blues
Red Wing Swing