Course Description

This course focuses on mastering Gypsy Jazz technique (right hand) and the most important stylistic markers that make a listener think: "Ah, yes, this is authentic Gypsy Jazz".

You will learn everything you need to get that Gypsy Jazz sound, technique, style  and flavor with tons of exercises and complete etudes with solos over dozens of your favorite tunes, at several levels of difficulty,  so you can get started no matter what your current level of playing is! 

Technique is not only speed. It’s how you touch the strings, how you produce your sound. This course covers both the all-important right hand, GJ picking technique, as well as left hand technique: the best -known melodic ideas of Django Reinhardt and modern Gypsy Jazz guitarists.

Django’s music is rich and deep- there’s no end to what we can learn from it. It is also the foundation of modern Gypsy Jazz. Through this course you’ll be building your own vocabulary of Gypsy Jazz phrases and licks, and learn how each phrase can be the source of a complete improvisation of your own.

You will learn:

  • The story of GJ

  • Hardware - What hardware to use

  • Rest-stroke Picking - the traditional picking technique used in Gypsy Jazz, the systematic rules of how and when to play down stroke, upstroke and sweep. You will gain a deep understanding of it, how to practice, how to master it.

  • Picking pattern - a great way to master the technique. There are a few picking patterns that you can apply to the most stylistic phrases. You will learn how to concentrate on your right hand while changing notes with your left.

  • Ornaments – You’ll learn Gypsy and Balkan ornaments, bends, vibrato and tremolo to give you that traditional GJ sound

  • The chromatic scale - one of Django’s trademarks; Learn how to use it in your improvisation.

  • Phrases with arpeggios - how to get that Gypsy Jazz flavor by playing common arpeggios. How to create those crazy long and fast Gypsy runs.

  • Phrases with open stings - open strings have a unique sound. You’ll learn how Django used it.

  • Tricks - You’ll learn special elements that give fire to your soloing.

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Chapter 1: Introduction
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    • 1.1 Introduction and how to learn this course
    • 1.2 My Story with GJ
    • 1.3 Hardware
    • 1.4 Why learn GJ technique
    • 1.5 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 02
    Chapter 2: Rest Stroke Picking Fundamentals
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    • 2.1 How to hold the pick
    • 2.2.1 Right-Hand Movements - Downstroke
    • 2.2.2 Right-Hand Movements - Sweep
    • 2.2.3 Right-Hand Movements - Upstroke
    • 2.3 Downstroke and sweep
    • 2.4 Downstroke and upstroke
    • 2.5 The role of new string - the double-down exercise
    • 2.6 Double down on the same string
    • 2.7 Mastering the techniqueHow to practice
    • 2.8 Picking movements and fingerings
    • 2.9 Working with a metronome
    • 2.10 Summary of Chapter 2
    • 2.11 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 03
    Chapter 3: Picking Movements/Right-hand Patterns
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    • 3.1 INTRODUCTION
    • 3.2 UDSS - The dim7 lick
    • 3.3.1 DUDUDS - two-string virtuoso over II7-V7
    • 3.3.2 PerformanceEtude for chord progressions in the style of All Of Me
    • 3.3.3 Modern variation for chord progressions in the style of Minor Swing
    • 3.3.4 Modern variation for ending in the style of Hungaria
    • 3.4.1 DDU - jumping around - Django's version
    • 3.4.2 DDU - jumping around - Tchavolo Schmidt's version
    • 3.5 DUDDSS - virtuoso line-cliché over minor and Dom7b9 chords
    • 3.6 DUD triplets vs eighths
    • 3.7.1 DUDSDU dim7 triplet run
    • 3.7.2 DUDSDU half-dim7 triplet run
    • 3.8 Etude for chord progression in the style of Minor Swing - Slow #1
    • 3.9 Etude for chord progression in the style of Minor Swing - Slow #2
    • 3.10 Etude for chord progression in the style of Minor Swing - Intermediate
    • 3.11 Etude for chord progression in the style of Minor Swing - Fast #1
    • 3.12 Etude for chord progression in the style of Minor Swing - Fast #2
    • 3.13 Summary of Chapter 3
    • 3.14 Summary of Chapter 3 - Etudes
    • 3.15 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 04
    Chapter 4: Ornaments
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    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Ornament type 1
    • 4.3 Ornament type 2
    • 4.4 Ornament type 3
    • 4.5 Ornament type 4
    • 4.6 Ornament type 5
    • 4.7 Mixing ornaments -Balkan etude
    • 4.8 Bends and slides
    • 4.9 Vibrato
    • 4.10 Tremolo
    • 4.11 From YouTube- Rhythmic Subdivisions and Tremolo
    • 4.12 Example over chord progression in the style of Dinah
    • 4.13 Summary of Chapter 4
    • 4.14 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 05
    Chapter 5: The Chromatic Scale
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    • 5.1 The chromatic scale
    • 5.2 Fake chromatic scale
    • 5.2.2 From YouTube- How to play the chromatic scale
    • 5.3 Variations with the chromatic scale
    • 5.4 The Ending cliche
    • 5.5 “Shout" effect - Chromatic scale with tremolo
    • 5.6 How to use the chromatic scale in your improvisation
    • 5.7 Example over Minor Blues chord progression
    • 5.8 Summary of Chapter 5
    • 5.9 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 06
    Chapter 6: Phrases with Movable Arpeggios
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    • 6.1.1 Half dim for II-V-I
    • 6.1.2 Example over chord progression in the style of Honeysuckle Rose
    • 6.2.1 7add9
    • 6.2.2 Example over chord progression in the style of China Boy
    • 6.3 7add9 with sweep
    • 6.4.1 Maj7 - variation#1
    • 6.4.2 Maj7 - variation#2
    • 6.4.3 Maj7 - variation#3
    • 6.5 Etude for chord progression in the style of China Boy
    • 6.6 A7b9
    • 6.7.1 I-IIm7-V7
    • 6.7.2 Etude for chord progression in the style of Coquette
    • 6.8 Arpeggios with trills and enclosures
    • 6.9.1 Long run over Dm
    • 6.9.2 Etude for chord progression in the style of Tchavolo Swing
    • 6.10.1 Long run over Am
    • 6.10.2 Etude for chord progression in the style of Joseph Joseph
    • 6.11 Summary of Chapter 6
    • 6.12 Summary of Chapter 6 - Etudes
    • 6.13 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 07
    Chapter 7: Phrases, tricks and arpeggios with open strings
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    • 7.1 Unison roll
    • 7.2 dissonance roll
    • 7.3 DSU half Tone triplet
    • 7.4 Open string triplets over G6
    • 7.5.1 E7 to Am
    • 7.5.2 Advanced Etude for chord progression in the style of Minor Swing
    • 7.6.1 A7 to dim7 lick
    • 7.6.2 E7 to dim7 lick
    • 7.7 A7 to Dm
    • 7.8 A7add9 to D
    • 7.9 Cm6 (Am7b5) - D7 -G6
    • 7.10 Etude for chord progression in the style of Swing Gitane
    • 7.11 Summary of Chapter 7
    • 7.12 Summary of Chapter 7 - Etudes
    • 7.13 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 08
    Chapter 8: Rolls, chordal effects and octaves
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    • 8.1 Slide roll with the m7b5 shape
    • 8.2.1 Chromatic approach with the m7b5 shape
    • 8.2.2 Etude for chord progression in the style of I'll See You in My Dreams #1
    • 8.2.3 Etude for chord progression in the style of I'll See You in My Dreams #2
    • 8.3.1 Dissonance chord tremolo
    • 8.3.2 Etude for chord progression in the style of Sweet Georgia Brown
    • 8.4 Octaves
    • 8.5 Snare roll
    • 8.6 Summary of Chapter 8 - Etudes
    • 8.7 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!
  • 09
    Chapter 9: Dark eyes - complete etude (The free inroductory
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    • 9.1 Dark Eyes Part I
    • 9.2 Dark Eyes Part II
    • 9.3 Dark Eyes Part III
    • 9.4 Dark Eyes part 3 and compelete etude
    • 9.5 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!