I know this question may seem redundant for you guys, pardon me I am technically new to this site, but I just really want to know where to start in Gypsy Jazz guitar style. I always did have a thing for jazz music since then, but it was just recently when I got serious on Gypsy Jazz, Django Reinhardt, etc. and now I want to learn the style. I've been playing guitar for almost 2 years, I started out first with electric guitar and last year with the classical guitar, and I also intend to play Gypsy Jazz on the classical guitar. By the way, I'm from the Philippines and bad news it is, Gypsy Jazz is like a dead meat here, almost non-existing and I don't know any GJ guitar players here nor I know any renowned ones. So, I just have a few questions:
1. Where (really) to start in Gypsy Jazz guitar style? Are there any necessary equipment or techniques in order to play GJ?
2. Can I play it on a classical guitar or should I immediately buy a GJ guitar?
3. Would natural minor, major scale, and other common scales work out for GJ or you guys have special scales you use for it?
4. What books would you recommend for learning it?
Thanks in advance.
You can actually use any guitar to get started, but sooner rather than later you'll want to get some kind of gypsy guitar, whatever you can afford.
The Horowitz book will keep you busy for a good 6- 12 months,during which time keep coming back to this site and finding out about the many other fine instructional materials available.
Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."
Georges Braque: "In art there is only one thing that counts: the bit that can’t be explained."
This looks useful too: http://truefire.com/jazz-guitar-lessons/50-gypsy-jazz-licks/
There is a great video course on Truefire.com that is also a good primer for learning the La Pompe and Bolero rhythm styles, common chord voicings in addition to some great licks to get started. It's called 50 Gypsy Jazz licks you must know. http://truefire.com/jazz-guitar-lessons/50-gypsy-jazz-licks/
Oh, and make sure to brew a full pot of coffee when you work on your transcription sessions ... you will need it :-)
There are a lot of technical questions for the rythm and a lot for the chorus. To be efficient you should really begin by focusing on the rhythm.
And in my opinion, it is ok to begin practicing with a classical guitar (I have done that) and when you feel that you won't give up, that it is this special music you want to play, then you can buy a gypsy guitar. By switching from classical to gypsy guitar you'll need to slightly adapt your technical skills but it is not terrible.