So it seems that as awesome as gypsy jazz is (and let's admit, its pretty freakin awesome), in certain areas gypsy jazzers are a rare bread. I live in East Los Angeles home of people that love guitarist like Santa, Hendrix, Page but you mention Django and you get blank look
. I have played with a few great folks in LA I found through this forum , but unfortunately no one that lives close by for a regular jam. This has left me to record my own backing tracks and play solo (which after a while gets a little discouraging).
Well, by mere chance, and i mean just crazy chance, I found a guitar player that has monthly GJ jam sessions down the street in the neighboring town! :shock: I was floored. We meet this Sunday. Here is the problem. I've been playing GJ seriously for a year now.. I know technique, some basic arpeggios, licks etc... but i only know how to play five songs really well.. they have become my learning songs... this is freakin me out! Also, I am not used to playing with other people... So, i don't know what to expect...any pointers, suggestions, comments? ...thanks in advance folks
I'd love to hear how it all went for you when you come back.
Sure, the elite players like Dennis can solo on any song because they recognize all the patterns and changes in the style, but that's only the few.
Also, print the Django fakebook on this forum, bring it with you, and try to play rhythm on as many songs as you can, even if you don't know them well. If you get lost, you can always mute the strings with your left hand and pompe with your right until you figure out where you are
Assuming there will be several other guitars there, you will have plenty of rhythm support.
Have fun !
See you Sunday at 4pm!!
and hell yeah i'm prayin! :P
I wish I wasn't all the way up in Santa Barbara. No one up here plays this stuff either.
I printed it for our violinist to learn some tunes and had to redo a bunch of the chords and some of the melody lines. :evil: be careful with it. Most are close enough