Okay, now that we have our three shapes—and many different chords—let’s put them to use. Ex. 5 is a basic “Rhythm” changes progression, over which Django played many of his original melodies, such as “Swing 42” and “Swing Guitar.” (For more on “Rhythm” changes, see "The Evolution of Rhythm Changes") Super fun to play, and with so few chord shapes involved, you can play this very fast!

Check out Ex. 6, which is the progression to the Django and Stéphane Grappelli classic, “Minor Swing.”