Dutchman Tim Kliphuis has often been named as Stéphane Grappelli’s successor, bringing Grappelli’s legacy into the 21st Century by infusing Gypsy Swing with Folk and Classical music. Tim’s spirit and style are reminiscent of Grappelli: virtuoso playing with a great love for melody.
Tim’s mastery of the Grappelli style
allows him to perform Grappelli’s music, but it is
his understanding of the Grappelli style,
that allows Tim to teach it so successfully.
On this DVD, Tim guides and critiques three students through the basics of the Grappelli style. After clearly demonstrating the concept, Tim breaks it down for the viewer and then corrects the on-screen students, allowing the viewer to learn along with the students. This method of instruction lends itself well to the DVD format. The main structure of the DVD is based around Tim’s concept of the 4 “T”s: Technique, Tone, Timing and Taste.
Almost 3 hrs of Instruction!
Topics covered include:
TECHNIQUE: Bow Position, Chain Bowing, Jazz Bowing, Timing Slides, Harmonics, Grappelli Harmonics, TONE: Variety of Tones, Jazz Tone, Ghost Notes, Slurred Ghost Notes, TIMING: Playing Behind the Beat, Playing Ahead of the Beat, Finding the Ideal Timing, Triplets, TASTE: Balance in Phrasing, Phrasing, Dynamics, Noise, LEARNING TUNES: Swing in Am, The 9th Note, Minor 6th, Dominant Chords, Blue Notes, Rhythm Changes, Licks, JAZZ CONCEPTS: Bluesy Licks, Syncopation, The Count-in, Trading Solos and more!
Kliphuis recorded and performed with gypsy guitar maestros Angelo
Debarre, Fapy Lafertin, and Stochelo Rosenberg. He has performed at
North Sea Jazz, Edinburgh Jazz, Ottawa Jazz, La Villette Jazz,
Djangofests through the USA, Richard Strauss Festival, Ronnie Scott’s
Club and Iridium Jazz Club NYC. His debut CD ‘The Grappelli Tribute’
(2005) was released to rave reviews.
As a swing jazz educator, Kliphuis has an extensive class of students from Holland and abroad, has hosted dozens of workshops around the globe and was featured several times in American Fiddler Magazine.