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Watch the 50 Gypsy Jazz Licks online guitar lesson by Reinier Voet from 50 Gypsy Jazz Licks You MUST Know

I'm Reinier Voet, welcome to 50 Gypsy Jazz Licks You MUST know. Gypsy Jazz is a unique dialect of jazz that has its roots in the American jazz and its Gypsy interpreters in France. This specific style was in fact invented by guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930's. Django was a Gypsy and travelled through northwest Europe with his family, consisting of professional musicians and dancers. In the 1930's Django’s family lived in France where Django discovered jazz by hearing Louis Armstrong and guitarist Eddie Lang with violinist Joe Venuti.

Django mixed this new music from the USA with the music he used to play in that time: French chansons and valse musette / accordion music.

He started his Quintette of the Hot Club De France and shaped Gypsy Jazz into a popular and exciting new style, with a prominant role for the acoustic guitar.

In the last 15 years we've seen a phenomenal revival of Gypsy Jazz with players like Stochelo Rosenberg, Jimmy Rosenberg, Fapy Lafertin, Biréli Lagrène, Boulou Ferré, Häns’che Weiss, Angelo Debarre, Wawau Adler, John Jorgenson and Frank Vignola among others.

In these 50 Gypsy Jazz licks we'll look at all the basic elements that create the Gypsy Jazz sound.
Gypsy Jazz guitar can be played on ANY acoustic guitar, whether it has a pickup or not. But electric jazz players can also season their solos with these intensely flavored licks and their romantic tone.

Gypsy Jazz has had a lasting influence on other jazz guitar players, like Joe Pass, Rene Tomas, Les Paul, Philippe Catherine and Jim Hall - who even named his dog after Django. And they say that even Charlie Christian copied Django's solos.
Within the Gypsy Culture musical skills and knowledge are handed down from Master to Student in direct contact. The Master plays and the student sits across from him and emulates what he hears and sees. Theoretical knowledge is limited and there are no Gypsy Guitar schools.
You learn by doing and by copying.

This style of learning is very labor intensive but extremely musical. Your ears and eyes will tell you what sounds good. And what sounds good, IS good.

What we'll do in this course is similar, but with the help of modern techniques. For efficiency reasons I will play these Gypsy Jazz licks for you AND explain some of the theory and techniques behind them.

But the main goal remains to make music with your ears and eyes. Use these licks as a jump board to create your own solos and improvise with with all these Gypsy Jazz elements. Let yourself be inspired by Gypsy Jazz, like I was inspired myself.

Lets start swingin'.

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