gypsy jazz

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Investigate one of the most under-appreciated elements of Gypsy jazz by grabbing a fistful of new chord shapes and ideas.



• Learn 3- and 4-note chord voicings based on Django Reinhardt's timeless style.
• Understand the basic rhythm of la pompe.
• Apply savvy voice-leading techniques to rhythm parts.

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Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) was a visionary jazz guitarist. He fused the sounds of his Romani Gypsy folk heritage with the popular swing music of the 1930s to create a unique and exciting style now commonly referred to as "Gypsy swing" or "Gypsy jazz."

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