Hi everybody, my name is Miguel and i´m a new member seeking for some guidance!
sorry if my english is not that good...
First, some background:
i used to play the nylon-guitar, mostly brazillian-inspired stuff (bossa-nova, samba) with an average technique, at best. for reasons best left alone here, i stopped playing for some 5 years, and recently got back to the guitar.
when trying to regain some chops, i found myself trying to copy some licks from django - one of my favourite guitarists, even if i knew nothing about his techniques or gipsy jazz - and ended up growing a feeling for gipsy jazz, which has grown into a little obsession lately, so i´m thinking of buying all the stuff to set me on track.
this is how i found this forum. now for some questions, if some of you have the time and/or patience:
- guitar: i was thinking about buying a gitane guitar, but after reading some threads here, i now question if a cigano model wouldn´t be a better buy? i plan to buy an "entry model", not anything fancy, but i´d like to grab some of the "sound" of the GJ players, will a cigano be able to do some of that?
- guitar: i also want a guitar where i can get a good thumb-grip, so the neck shoudldn´t be too wide. In my classical guitar, for instance, the minor sixth chords are difficult to get right. so i´m not shure if i´d be better with a d-hole or with an oval-hole for that matter (i suppose this is a standard question). my hands are on the big side, though .
- pick : i´m not very good with the pick, and i´ve only used slimmer picks (2mm at most). what would be a good pick for starter? should i just get a wegen right now?
- strings: i understand one should go for savarez argentines, but there are a lot of models for those, and i´m not quite shure about which one to buy.
all these questions are important because i´ll have to order on-line, because in my country there is virtually NO gipsy jazz scene or shops. the shops i´ve been never heard about a selmer guitar... and if any of these questions is already answered elsewhere, i appologise for unnecessary forum posting
Thanks in advance,