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Gypsy Guitar,
Gypsy Guitar Jazz Chord Shapes.
I'm gonna show you some of
Django's unique chord shapes that
are still being used by players all
over the world, gypsy and non-gypsy.
I learned this style, pretty quick cuz
I had a chance of playing with some
of the best guitarists today in this style
like Jimmy Rosenberg, Stochelo Rosenberg,
Billy Lagan, some of my favorite
gypsy guitar players and
I learned a great deal from each and
every one of them.
Angela Labar, Dorado Schmitt.
Many great players.
[SOUND] And
here are some of the chord voicings.
For instance because Django started
out in the 30s doing a unique
mix of gypsy swing music and jazz,
he played jazz standards, but
he played them in his his own way using a
violin and two rhythm guitars instead of,
and a bass of course, but
rhythm guitar instead of the drums.
So [SOUND] creating that percussive
effect on the rhythm guitar.
So the chords he was using,
he was mainly using a 6 chord.
Like, instead of a just a g major or
major 7, this was in the 30s,
so he used a G6 chord.
And he was doing it like this.
[SOUND] So as you can see, he's using
his thumb here for the, for the root.
Then he's using this finger, the second
finger to push down both these strings.
[MUSIC]
So as you can see here.
[MUSIC]
Mainly on this string, but also here.
[MUSIC]
And then he added
[MUSIC]
this finger here.
And this finger which was crippled,
it was still possible for him to do it,
but way over these two strings.
So here we had the chord.
[SOUND] It's a pretty fat sounding chord,
right.
So we have the G, we have the 5th.
This is the root, this is the 3rd,
this is the 3rd 6,
6th note, and this is the 9.
So it's like a G6 9.
[MUSIC]
And then you can just move.
You're in this finger, first finger.
You wanna do a minor chord instead.
[MUSIC].
Like this, G minor 6.
Some other useful chord voicings.
Like, he would do a C6, maybe like this.
[SOUND] Just with a C.
[MUSIC]
G.
That's C.
E and A.
[MUSIC]
Or maybe down here.
[SOUND]
Here I'm using
all four fingers of course
[MUSIC]
because it's easier.
G, C, E, and A.
[SOUND] And you just change here,
[SOUND] one note.
The E into E flat,
you get the C minor, C minor 6.
[SOUND] Some other useful
chord shapes are these ones.
[SOUND] like this could be a D minor 6.
It could also be, a G9 [SOUND]
without the G, sometimes in this style
it's not important to play the actual,
root when you're comping you can,
you can do like if you play it like
you're gonna play an E7 chord like this.
You might as well just put B in
the bass to make it a fatter sound.
[SOUND] Or maybe use both,
using this finger to press down both.
[SOUND] Get that fat sound.
[SOUND] So this chord could be
a D minor 6 or a G9.
[SOUND] This chord shape could be
A minor 6 or also like a D, D9.
[SOUND].
And let's see.
This one could, this could be a G7.
Or maybe we put a flat 9 in the bass,
that could work too.
That's a G7 so
these are the most typical chord voicings.
This could be like a D minor chord.
[MUSIC]
D minor 9.
We could also put A in the bass.
[MUSIC]
So
it's important to learn
from the beginning that,
to get make be able to
create a fatter sound,
you can actually press down
two strings with one finger
like I'm doing,
doing in some of these chord voicings.
[SOUND] So
try some of these chord voicings and,
I will, next lesson I will
show you how to comp and
to use your write hand to create
that powerful gypsy rhythm.
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