And finally in Ex. 7, we have a Gypsy jazz rhythm variation on a 12-bar blues. This isn’t necessarily something Django would have played, but I thought many guitarists out there might find it useful.

So the next time you hear some smokin’ Gypsy jazz guitar playing, I would take a minute to think about what really gives the style it’s overall sound and feel. Sure, Django’s licks and runs are awesome, but even without those single-note lines, the rhythm section rocks!