Course Description

"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 ownimprovisation 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!

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Avalon (Posted as a FREE lesson on Dec 2016)
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    • King Melody - Avalon
    • Avalon
    • Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 02
    Chapter 1: When Day is Done- original song
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    • 1.1 Introduction to the Course
    • 1.2 Basic Melody
    • 1.3 Chord Progression
    • 1.4 Mastering the Melody
    • 1.5 Mastering the Chord Progression
    • 1.6 Advanced Accompaniment - Complete Etude
    • 1.7 Advanced Accompaniment - Etude - First A
    • 1.8 Advanced Accompaniment - Etude - Second A
    • 1.9 Chapter Summary - PDF
    • 1.10 PDF download
    • 1.11 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 03
    Chapter 2: Melody in Chord Shape
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    • 2.1 The Concept
    • 2.2 Melody Inside Chord Shapes - Complete Etude
    • 2.3 Melody Inside Chord Shapes - First A
    • 2.4 Melody Inside Chord Shapes - Second A
    • 2.5 Improvising with chord shapes around the melody
    • 2.6 Arpeggio Review
    • 2.7 Arpeggios over Chord Shapes
    • 2.8 Improvisation with Arpeggios over the Melody
    • 2.9 Chapter Summary - PDF
    • 2.10 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 04
    Chapter 3: 20 licks from Django's Melody
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    • 3.1 Django's Melody – Introduction
    • 3.2 Django's Melody - Complete Etude
    • 3.3 Django's Licks - First A
    • 3.4 The first A part
    • 3.5 5 Django's Licks - Second A
    • 3.6 The Second A part
    • 3.7 Django's Melody in our Chord Shapes
    • 3.8 Improvising over Django's Melody
    • 3.9 Chapter Summary - PDF
    • 3.10 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 05
    Chapter 4: 11 Practical Tools to Enhance Your Melodies
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    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Tool #1 Rhythmic Division
    • 4.3 Tool #2 Rhythmic Unification
    • 4.4 Tool #3 Anticipating or Delaying
    • 4.5 Tool #4 Bends
    • 4.6 Tool #5 Slides
    • 4.7 Tool #6 Enclosure
    • 4.8 Tool #7 Half-tone Approach
    • 4.9 Tool #8 Arpeggios or Triads
    • 4.10 Tool #9 Sweeping
    • 4.11 Tools #10 & #11 Changing Octaves
    • 4.12 Chapter Summary - PDF
    • 4.13 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 06
    Chapter 5: Implementing Django's ideas on I'll See You In My Dreams
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    • 5.1 Chord Progression
    • 5.2 Melody
    • 5.3 Melody inside Chord Shapes
    • 5.4 Improvising over the Melody - Complete Etude
    • 5.5 Improvising over the Melody - First A
    • 5.6 Improvising over the Melody - Second A
    • 5.7 I'll See You In My Dreams Etude - PDF
    • 5.8 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 07
    Chapter 6: Examples Over All of Me
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    • 6.1 Melody all over the fingerboard, step by step instruction
    • 6.2 Melody all over the fingerboard – complete song
    • 6.3 Melody with the 1st tool – subdivision
    • 6.4 Adding the 3rd tool – time changes
    • 6.5 Adding notes – bends, slides, enclosures
    • 6.6 Adding notes – triad and arpeggios and octaves
    • 6.7 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 08
    Chapter 7: When Day Is Done Intro
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    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Intro Part 1
    • 7.3 Intro Part 2
    • 7.4 Intro Part 3
    • 7.5 Intro Part 4
    • 7.6 Compelete Etude, Slow
    • 7.7 PDF Download.pdf
    • 8.8 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!

Reviews

  • Matthew Materazzi

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

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

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  • Richard Williams

    “This a fantastic course for anybody that struggles with improvisation. A real eye-opener that makes you see the fretboard in a new way (at least for me) and recognize the harmony within each chord. I highly recommend this to any intermediate to ad...”

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    “This a fantastic course for anybody that struggles with improvisation. A real eye-opener that makes you see the fretboard in a new way (at least for me) and recognize the harmony within each chord. I highly recommend this to any intermediate to advanced players. Although the information here is invaluable I believe it would be a tough course for a beginner.”

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