The Pleasure of Ballads

The Pleasure of Ballads

Nuages, Django's Castle, Tears and Kali Sara – Learn these four beautiful ballads in a practical way - enjoy creating your own solo guitar arrangement, practice new skills and improve your improvisation.

The Pleasure of Ballads

Nuages, Django's Castle, Tears and Kali Sara –

Learn these four beautiful ballads in a practical way - enjoy creating your own solo guitar arrangement, practice new skills and improve your improvisation.

The course starts from the basics, so everyone can follow and move on to more advanced topics – melody, harmony, chord melody, tips for improvisation and advanced musical ideas that are both practical and exciting. You'll learn to implement substitutes, inversions, superimposed chords, augmented chords, the 13b9 sound, intros endings, bass lines and much more right away!

Ballads are a perfect opportunity to practice new skills not as a dry exercise, but with a lot of pleasure.
Join this course now to learn how!

Important - This course contains parts of the Practical Ballads package and lesson 10 from my previous site. It also contains many new lessons and lots of exciting new material!

Praise for this course:

The Pleasure of Ballads

If you love ballads like I do you will love this course. The slower tempo of these classic and beautiful tunes gives you time to bring out Yaakov's and your own ideas on embellishing and improvising over the chordal harmonies in a very satisfying ...

by David Jefferys

Ballads and improvisation

A great thing about Yaakov's courses is the way ideas and themes are shared between the different courses. Its really helpful to go back to a course you have already worked on with ideas and techniques that you have picked up from a different cour...

by Aidan Negus

The heart rules

Learning to play truly moving and interesting ballads and gaining greater mastery of my guitar. Yaakov shares his joy and it rubs off! Enough writing I'm anxious to get back to playing!!!

by Donna Radin

The Pleasure of Ballads

If you love ballads like I do you will love this course. The slower tempo of these classic and beautiful tunes gives you time to bring out Yaakov's and your own ideas on embellishing and improvising over the chordal harmonies in a very satisfying ...

by David Jefferys

Ballads and improvisation

A great thing about Yaakov's courses is the way ideas and themes are shared between the different courses. Its really helpful to go back to a course you have already worked on with ideas and techniques that you have picked up from a different cour...

by Aidan Negus

The heart rules

Learning to play truly moving and interesting ballads and gaining greater mastery of my guitar. Yaakov shares his joy and it rubs off! Enough writing I'm anxious to get back to playing!!!

by Donna Radin
Yaakov Hoter
Yaakov Hoter
Professional Musician and Teacher

About the instructor

At the age of 13, when Yaakov started to play the guitar, his older brother, Azriel, gave him a Django Reinhardt cassette.

Django’s music ignited a spark in Yaakov and he began to dream of going to Europe to learn from the Gypsies.

Yaakov graduated from the Rimon Music High School and attained his bachelor’s degree in music from the Jerusalem Music Academy.

He has performed in many bands, written songs and music for theater. It was only in 2006, following a chance meeting with Jon Larsen and Walter Clerici in Denmark, that he decided to dedicate himself completely to Gypsy swing.

He traveled to Belgium to study with the accomplished Gypsy guitarist Fapy Lafertin and had the great good fortune to also meet and jam with Gypsy guitar greats Birelli Lagrene, Moreno, Stochelo and Noumi Rosenberg in France – learning a great deal in the process.

His band, Swing De Gitanes (www.swingdegitanes.com) has been in the forefront of the Gypsy Swing genre in Israel and has gleaned ample praise.

The trio has three albums under its belt, as well as hundreds of performances, participation in major international music festivals, collaborations with leading local artists, including Miki Gavrielov and Dori Ben Zeev, and collaboration with leading international Gypsy Swing and Jazz luminaries, including: Martin Taylor (G.B), Stephane Wrembel (U.S.A),  Robin Nolan (G.B), Lulo Reinhardt, Daniel Weltlinger (Germany), Hot Club de Norvege (Norway), Evan Christopher (U.S.A), Dario Napoli (Italy), Maurizio di fulvio (Italy) and more.

Today Yaakov is developing a new generation of Gypsy swing guitarists. He has translated his experience into a straightforward comprehensive method and became an international leading Gypsy and Jazz instructor. Yaakov has initiated the production of Gypsy Swing guitars in Israel, in cooperation with Polak Guitars. He is working on original compositions and lyrics and more...

What's included?

32 Videos
6 PDFs
4 Disqus
1 Audio
3 Downloads

Course Curriculum