Melody Mastery

Melody Mastery

Learn the songs When Day is Done and I'll See You In My Dreams, Implement 11 important and practical tools to create your own improvisation around any song’s melody.

Melody Mastery


"Melody is the king" (Quincy Jones).

Django Reinhardt was a master in playing melodies- almost transforming them into his own original compositions with his astonishingly new and fresh versions.

In this course, you will learn how to do it too!

Follow in Django’s footsteps - learn how to play Django’s full solo over the song “When Day Is Done,” note by note, slowly. This is a beautiful piece of music, a masterpiece in itself, and there is so much to learn from it!

The course examines Django's unforgettable version, extracting from it 11 important and practical tools to create your own improvisation around a song’s melody and, taking it a step further, building your improvisation around a song’s melody, just like Django!

Learn the original melody of the song, the accompaniment with inversions, substitutes and guides for improvisation in the same shapes that Django used!

Learn how to color your melody with notes from the chord, or color your improvisation with fragments from the melody.

You’ll learn how to implement your new skills on other songs, such as “I’ll See You in My Dreams.”

Important - This course contains parts of lessons 26-31 from my previous site. It also contains many new lessons and lots of exciting new material!

Praise for this course:

Brilliant

Once again, Yaakov gives you the necessary tools to become a solid guitarist within the Gypsy Jazz genre. The best online teacher out there.

by Matthew Materazzi

Brilliant

Once again, Yaakov gives you the necessary tools to become a solid guitarist within the Gypsy Jazz genre. The best online teacher out there.

by Matthew Materazzi
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?

54 Videos
6 PDFs
8 Disqus
2 Downloads

Course Curriculum