In the traditional gypsy culture, gypsy jazz musicians learned how to play from their elders, usually a family member. The gypsy method relied on intense practice and imitation, with little or no formal education. The master plays and the student emulates what he hears and sees. In similar fashion (but with the aid of interactive video, tab, and notation), master gypsy jazz guitarist Reinier Voet will pass on 10 key concepts and guide you through 7 performance studies in the Gypsy Jazz Guitar Guidebook.
”We'll dig into all of the important ingredients and techniques of this beautiful European based style of jazz guitar, invented by Django Reinhardt almost a century ago and still very popular today. We'll go beyond playing licks and get a solid grip on all the concepts you need to learn this exciting musical language. I'll illustrate these concepts and techniques by playing full length solos on the standard chord progressions used in gypsy jazz.”
The concepts and techniques in this Guidebook are used by all of the master gypsy jazz guitarists including Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Fapy Lafertin, Bireli Lagrene, and Angelo Debarre.
Reinier organized the Gypsy Jazz Guitar Guidebook into two main sections. In the first section, he passes on 10 key concepts and techniques: Gypsy Rhythms, La Pompe, Bolero, Bossa, Minor 6th Chords, Around Chord Tones , Chromatic Swing, Diminished, Tritones, Licks And Tricks.
”We'll look at the most important gypsy jazz rhythm pattern, called La Pompe, as well as other types of gypsy grooves, like the Bossa and the Bolero. We'll also look at gypsy jazz harmony, the minor 6th chord and its accompanying scales, the use of diminished chords and scales, tritone intervals and its use in solos, and how to use chromatics to jump from one chord tone to another. I’ll also show a variety of very versatile gypsy jazz licks and tricks.”
In the second section, Reinier guides you through 7 performance studies putting the key concepts from Section 1 to work in a musical context. Reinier demonstrates all of the performance studies over jam tracks and then breaks them down emphasizing the techniques you’ll need to play them.”
Minor 6th - “In this performance, we’ll focus on the major 6th note in a minor key. It might sound a bit exaggerated sometimes, but you'll immediately recognize this specific sound.”
Around Chord Tones - “In this solo, it's very important that you observe what's happening on the fretboard of the guitar. So, study my hands! It will really help you play in this style.”
Chromatic Swing - “In this study, I’ll show you some applications of the chromatic scale. It's often used in classical music, jazz, and of course in gypsy jazz guitar as well. Again, it's very important to be able to recognize as many chord forms on the fretboard of the guitar as possible, as this knowledge defines the use of the chromatic runs you'll play.”
Diminished - “A diminished run, or arpeggio, is a trademark sound of gypsy jazz. It will put your playing into the style immediately. The material presented here can be somewhat of a challenge, so take it slow and keep practicing to really nail it before you move on.”
Tritone - “This solo might sound a bit odd, or a bit modern, but that's exactly how it should be — you’ll recognize the Django sound of 1947 and later on, with hot jazz being the popular style of the period. Django loved it!”
Licks And Tricks 1 & 2 - “In these two studies, we'll look at how to combine different licks and concepts to make a solo. In the performance, you'll hear some standard arpeggios, standard licks, some notes taken out of a lick or arpeggio, some diminished material, some whole tone approaches, as well as some tritone stuff and chromatics. The more you master the idioms of this style, the more you'll sound like a gypsy jazz guitarist!”
All of the performance studies are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the lessons. Plus, Reinier generously includes all of the jam tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and let’s light up some gypsy fire with Reinier Voet!