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John Pearse Nuages Strings

We now carry John Pearse Nuages Gypsy jazz strings made in the USA. One of the most popular alternatives to Argentine strings..

John Pearse Nuages Strings

Galli Strings

We now carry Galli Gypsy jazz strings made in Italy. The most popular alternative to Argentine strings..

Galli Strings

Lesson #3: Enclosure Pattern

This month’s lesson is based on Picking Pattern #2 from the Gypsy Picking book. This pattern uses strict alternate picking to play an even number of notes per string (in this case four notes per string).

Lesson 3 uses Picking Pattern #2 to play enclosures around a G major arpeggio. An enclosure is when you play a note one step above and a half step below a chord tone. Django used this idea often and it has become part of the vocabulary of most contemporary Gypsy guitarists. At slower tempos eighth notes are too slow, so you’ll have to double-time it so its all sixteenth notes (listen to Django’s performance of Del Salle). Because this pattern uses straight alternate picking, you can play it extremely fast.

This idea can work over a variety of chord progressions. Try this idea anytime you’re playing over a Major or Dominant chord for several measures. It also sounds nice over Rhythm Changes tunes like Swing 42. Sometimes I use it over the A section to Djangology and Oh! Lady Be Good. You can also transpose this idea to work over other chords (minor or Dominant). Have Fun! -Michael

Audio Example

Moustache Picks

Moustache Picks made in Holland by Thijs van der Harst.

Moustache Picks

Jam #3: Paulus Schafer

This is yet another mini disc recording from one of my lessons with the immensely talented Gypsy guitarist Paulus Schafer. On this recording he demonstrates how to play Gypsy style Rhythm Changes by tearing up the Reinhardt composition Babik.

I will soon be receiving some copies of Paulus’ CD Into the Light . They will be available for purchase here. Enjoy! -Michael

Babik MP3

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