Watch the Mean Swing online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Jazz Guitar 5: Lick Lexicon

Mean Swing - Lick 3 is a video guitar lesson presented by Tom Dempsey and is sourced from 50 Jazz Master Licks You MUST Know.


Django Reinhardt is one of the most distinctive voices on the jazz guitar. His style of music came from traveling and performing in gypsy circles throughout Belgium and France. His virtuosity is all the more amazing because he lost the use of the 3rd and 4th fingers of his left hand in a fire which left him with only two fingers to play his amazing music. This first idea is from a solo he played on the Ellington classic It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing. It features his classic arpeggiated style. Here it is.