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Lesson 9: Unaccompanied Gypsy Jazz Guitar

This lesson will explore the techniques that Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Biréli Lagrène, and other Gypsy guitarists use to create brilliant unaccompanied guitar compositions. You will learn authentic Gypsy chord voicings, Gypsy style reharmonization techniques, arppegiations, and numerous other techniques which will allow you to create your own unaccompanied Gypsy style versions of any song. You will also learn an unaccompanied version of the Reinhardt classic Manoir des mes Rêves (which doesn’t appear in my book Unaccompanied Django). 4 notated and MP3 audio examples are included. 10 pages of text (from my Gypsy Jazz column in Just Jazz Guitar February, 2006).

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Lesson 10: Comping Techniques

Make the soloist soar with Django’s exciting chord hits, tremolos, and other rhythmic and harmonic devices. Transcriptions of Django’s comping rhythms, chord scales, and riffs are discussed. Also includes an entire chorus of Django style comping for the song All of Me. 9 notated and MP3 audio examples are included. 7 pages of text (from my Gypsy Jazz column in Just Jazz Guitar May, 2006).

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Lesson 11: Gypsy Jazz V-I and ii-V-I Progressions

Add sophistication and the Gypsy “sound” to your V-I and ii-V-I chord progressions. Transcriptions of Django’s unique ii-V-I voicings are discussed. Modern Gypsy approaches to ii-V-I progressions are also explained. 4 long notated and MP3 audio examples are included. 4 pages of text (from my Gypsy Jazz column in Just Jazz Guitar August, 2006).

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Lesson 12: Mastering Line Cliches

Spice up any chord progression with one of Django’s favorite harmonic devices. Transcriptions of Django’s unique line cliches are discussed. You will learn to adapt minor, major, and dominant line cliches to any song. Includes advanced reharmonized versions of All of Me and Minor Swing. 10 notated and MP3 audio examples are included. 5 pages of text (from my Gypsy Jazz column in Just Jazz Guitar November, 2006).

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Lesson 13: Chordal Embellishment

Spice up any chord progression with Django’s embellishment techniques. Transcriptions of Django’s unique chromatic chordal movements, chord enclosures, and ascending chord patterns are discussed. You will learn to embellish the chords to any song. Includes a reharmonized version Minor Swing. 14 notated and MP3 audio examples are included. 5 pages of text (from my Gypsy Jazz column in Just Jazz Guitar Feb., 2007).

For more info or to download go to: Lessons Online
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