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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Gypsy Rhythm Swing

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To, to be able to play,
good gypsy guitar, it's very,
very important to know the rhythm.
To be able to play good rhythm.
Before you start soloing I would,
recommend to put emphasis on learning
to play good swinging rhythm.
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In a, in a proper way.
And I will teach you
a few good techniques, so
you will be able to do this.
I will show you the chord.
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The chords for minor Swing.
You know,
the famous Django Reinhardt song.
Used the chord voicings and
the, the chord progression.
So it starts with eight, minor six.
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And you could either do it this way.
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Or
if you wanna get that really fast sound.
That, that one if you need.
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You could do that one.
Or maybe just like this.
It's an easier version of that chord.
E, A, C, F-sharp.
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And then next chord is a.
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D minor six would be in the bass.
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It could be a G, a nine.
It could be a B minor
seven flat five as well.
Different inversions.
But in this case.
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It's, it's used as a D minor six.
Or you can use it up here.
Same shape as you had it here.
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Then it's time for the E, E seven.
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You can put either E in the bass or
B in the bass, or both.
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And back to A minor.
So and then D minor six,
back to A minor, E seven, A minor six.
So it's one, two, three, four,
one, two, three, four, one,
two, three, four, D minor.
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E seven, A-minor six,
D-minor six, two bars,
A-minor six two bars, E seven two bars.
And back to A-minor six for
either two bars or
you can do one bar of A-minor six and
one bar of E seven.
That's the turn-around.
I will show you the basic
rhythm called La Pompe.
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It works like this.
Look.
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One, two, three, four.
You're staying on A-minor seven.
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As you see, I am using a light upstroke.
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It's
really important to be loose in
your hand here and not get tense.
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Especially when you're playing faster.
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It's, it's really important to be loose.
So one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Let's try using some of these
other chord shapes now.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
Two, two, three, four.
D-minor 6.
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E seven.
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A-minor six.
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D-minor six.
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A-minor six.
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E seven.
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A-minor six, E seven.
A little bit faster.
[MUSIC]
Like that.
[MUSIC]
Gypsy Guitar, Gypsy Rhythm Swing Part 2.
Now we'll now show you another
way of doing it when you play un,
a straighter rhythm.
Without the upstrokes.
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Like some some gypsy players do today
in France and in Germany.
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This is a little bit more
difficult because.
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What well, what I forgot to sell,
tell you about the other
the other La Pompe is that you.
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As you can see I'm lifting here.
This is important.
I forgot to tell you.
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If you look at my left hand.
Like this.
[SOUND].
I'm not holding like this all
the time because then it will.
I'm muting at times.
[MUSIC]
Two.
[SOUND]
[MUSIC]
You see?
[MUSIC]
[SOUND]
Like this.
And this hand goes like this.
With a light upstroke.
And this one goes like this.
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And
this is even more important
while doing the next rhythm.
The straighted one without the upstroke.
And I, and it sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
As you can see,
I can play both
really soft and
keep the same intensity.
[MUSIC]
That's
why I'm doing
[MUSIC].
Like that.
So what I'm doing is,
I'm doing the same thing here.
You have to, one, two, three, four.
Like this.
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Keeping my right hand loose,
my wrist loose.
But here in the left hand.
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I do like this.
Every second one.
[MUSIC]
Is a.
I let the note ring.
And every second one I.
[SOUND] I mute it.
So.
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To create that percussive kind of effect.
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So you see, I'm doing the same thing here.
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But in my left hand.
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Push it down.
I lift it up.
Muted slightly.
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This is good when you're playing fast,
because it's.
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You don't get that.
Sometimes when you play the other one
with upstrokes really fast it sounds like
[SOUND] in a way.
[MUSIC]
Here you get more.
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And you can play really soft too and
keep the intensity.
The mistake that some
players make in this style
is that they're playing
the rhythm way too loud.
It's important to hear the solo player
because some solo players play really soft
and some of them play really loud.
And it's important to adjust
your rhythm lay, levels so
the solo player can be heard.
And so, also keep up the intensity,
although you're playing softer and not as.
And, and keep up the tempo so
you won't slow down.
We're gonna try to play along with
the rhythm rhythm track here for
the chord changes of minor swing.
And just before that I will show
you one last thing, the shuffle.
The shuffle is.
[SOUND] And so instead of
[MUSIC]
you do.
[MUSIC]
Now I'm exaggerating.
I'm moving my hand like this.
But you can, you can do that if you like,
or if, you can do smaller movements, but,
[MUSIC].
So the, my left hand goes like this.
[MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
Minor 6.
It's the shuffle,
faster,
[MUSIC]
Like that.
So, let's play along with the rhythm
track for chord changes of minor swing.
[MUSIC]
Starting with the La Pompe.
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Light upstroke.
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A minor 6
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D minor 6.
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E7.
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A minor 6.
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D minor 6.
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A minor 6.
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E7, A minor 6.
I'd like to try this straight a one.
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A bit louder.
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Soft again.
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Keep the same intensity.
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