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Gypsy Guitar, Gypsy Jazz Fingerings.
I'm gonna speak a little
bit about fingerings.
Because Django only had these two fingers.
Of course it was a handicap.
And most things were more,
were much more difficult then if he would
have had all his four fingers usable.
But he found some ways that maybe
you wouldn't have found otherwise.
You know, ways of playing just with these
two fingers and where it's actually
pretty smart just to use these two
fingers instead of using all four.
And today,
most players in the gypsy style,
they mainly use their three fingers.
They use one, two, and three like
this instead of the fourth finger.
They only use it at times when
you have to do a really large or
big stretch like [SOUND]
something like that.
But if they do like,
diminished runs like this,
[SOUND] they might just use three fingers.
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And I do as well.
I like, you get, it's more.
[MUSIC]
Like that.
You get more control personally.
But if you have smaller hands,
you're also free to use the fourth
finger as much as you like.
It's just a question of, of taste.
For instance when Django
played a phrase like this.
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One of his most famous licks.
It's in D major.
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Like this.
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He used only these two fingers.
This is a B using the second finger.
First finger on A.
Then you slide down to.
[SOUND] G sharp and back to A.
Same fingering on the next string.
[SOUND] E, B, C sharp, B.
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Like this.
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And since we've got more fingers than two,
we could do the same with using the first
finger, and the third finger, like this.
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I do it really fast, as you can see.
It works fine.
If I would use all three fingers here.
I mean like this.
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I think it will be much more difficult to
play it fast, personally,
while doing like this.
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Sliding makes it, you know, much easier.
So that's one of the things that Jame,
Django came up with.
And he also did a couple
of really fast chromatic
runs just using these two fingers.
We're gonna speak more about that later.
But just as you know feel free to
use all four fingers if you like to.
Or just two or maybe three like
most of the time like I do.
I use the fourth all the time while
playing jazz, but in gypsy jazz,
I, I only use it at times when
I have to do big stretches.
So we gonna move on now, but that was
just a little bit about fingerings.
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