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Gypsy Guitar,
An Introduction to Gypsy Jazz.
Welcome to
the Andreas Oberg Guitar Universe.
I'm Andreas Oberg.
This is the Gypsy Guitar course.
In 2001, I discovered
the music of Django Reinhardt.
One of the great jazz
musicians of all times,
and maybe Europe's major
contribution to the history of jazz.
And I had, you know,
I've been playing jazz and fusion music.
And then I discovered Django through
another great gypsy guitarist called
Bireli Lagrene who had been doing.
Django inspired music.
Earlier on in his career before
moving onto Jazz and Fusion.
And then I got some of his albums and then
I've got I got some of Django's albums and
I discovered his amazing
playing his his technique.
His feeling.
His swing.
Everything he got was wonderful and
he was far ahead of his time.
He was active during the 30s and 40s.
He died in 1953.
Only 43 year old.
And he was born in 1910 in Belgium and
he was a gypsy.
He travelled around with his family.
When he was 18 years old,
he had a horrible accident.
He was severely burned in a, in a fire
in a caravan, so he these fingers,
the third finger and the fourth finger
were just, you know, they were crippled.
So he could only use these two
fingers while soloing after that.
So he could, I will show you later.
He could do chords when he was using
the third or fourth finger, like this.
[MUSIC]
But one, once he was, you know, soloing,
he could only use the, these two.
'Cause these two were the only
ones that he could move.
And I will try to do my best here
to give you a little bit ba,
some background how to play.
And some ideas how to play.
Gypsy guitar.
'Cause it's pretty different from
from regular guitar playing.
Gypsies aren't using alternate picking,
they're using their own kind of picking.
Called gyp, we can call it gypsy picking.
[MUSIC]
So I will just start by telling you that.
When you're playing this style, it's good
to have a free wrist in your right hand,
like this.
Instead of, when people play
electric guitar, they do like this,
really small movements.
In this style, it's very good to
use larger movements, like this.
To have a free, free wrist.
[MUSIC]
Personally, since I'm playing a lot
of electric too I do some, I have found
a way that works for me in between.
I don't bend my wrist as much
as some of the gypsies do.
I, I have a slightly straighter wrist,
[MUSIC]
But still I don't support it like this.
I play with a free, free hand like
this when I improvise, 'cause.
If you're if you don't have
a free free wrist while playing,
playing, you wont get enough volume.
These guitars are acoustic and really,
it's really important to get a,
a fat and massive sound out of it.
Otherwise, it will only sound like.
[NOISE] It wont be as,
as powerful as using a free wrist.
Another good technique that
they're using to achieve this.
This
[MUSIC]
powerful sound, it's the rest stroke.
It means if you're gonna hit
one note hard, for instance
if we have an A 7th position fourth string
[MUSIC]
here.
And if I'm going to hit this string
really hard and create a lot of noise.
I could either do like this, [NOISE] and
then there's a big chance I might hit
some of the other strings as well.
But a good and very accurate way, way of
doing this is to just let the pick fall.
Yeah, like this.
[MUSIC]
It's called a rest stroke.
So just let the pick fall.
And you land on the next string
[SOUND] and rest it there.
So as you can hear, [SOUND] it's
a really powerful and fat sound.
So what you can try to do now is
just play some random notes and
just use down strokes and do, use rest
strokes and try to get that, you know.
[MUSIC]
Like that.
That's called a rest stroke.
And another thing that is really
important in this style is the vibrato.
To get that, you know.
[SOUND]
So because Django only used these two you
can choose what finger you
like to do the vibrato with.
I prefer sometimes to.
To use my third finger and
then put on the second finger and
the first finger to get more
power behind it like this.
[SOUND] And personally I,
I do the vibrato this way.
[SOUND] Moving up, then down.
And fast.
You can of course do it like this too.
You can go this way, but I prefer going
this way to get an even larger vibrato.
Except when I'm on this string of course,
the top string,
'cause then you have to
go in this direction.
[SOUND]
So
you can choose how much
vibrato you like to add, but.
[MUSIC]