Watch the Gypsy Magic: 1 online guitar lesson by Tony Smotherman from World Rock Guitar

The first time I traveled to Transylvania I was amazed at how many gypsies there were in their culture. A relative from Romania gave me a CD of Gypsy folk songs during my stay and I was completely amazed at the rich colorful scales and fun rhythms.

One of the main instruments in Gypsy music is the violin, with long exaggerated glissandos, lightning fast trills, rapid fire arpeggios, double stops, and virtuosic (almost classical) pedal point themes. Let's visit some of these ideas to create some Gypsy music.