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Gypsy Guitar, Gypsy Rhythm Fills.
I'm going to speak a little bit
about rhythm fills for gypsy guitar.
'cause in this style the drums
are replaced by the rhythm guitar.
So most of the time, on these
backing tracks, we have some drums,
but sometimes you play just with upright
bass, rhythm guitar, and solo guitar.
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And sometimes violin.
So, it's important that you learn
some basic rhythm feels, as well,
like a drummer would do.
So.
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Start with some really
simple ones like this one.
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We, we can do La Pompe with this.
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The one, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
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Two, three, four.
Two, two, three.
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And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
Run.
That's a good one.
You shouldn't do this too often.
You can, you can do it as, as,
you know, at the turnaround, or
when it feels good in a song,
not do it all the time.
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Like on a turnaround there.
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B minor, A minor.
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E7.
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A minor.
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Something, some thing like that.
This is another one.
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You have one.
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Two.
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Four.
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Five.
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Down strokes in a row.
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And then it's time for some triplets.
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So, as you can, as you can see, I'm doing
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Now it's really important to be light and
in your right hand so
you're not 'Cause then you will slow
down and it will sound bad, so.
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Be light.
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Imagine it like doing a roll on the on
the snare drum.
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You can exaggerate while you're
practicing like this.
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Like that.
And then you can even expand this.
So, you're doing.
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Here we go.
One, two, three, four.
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So, what I did there is.
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And then.
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So,.
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And you can do a,
like a ghost note stroke in between
like a muted stroke like this.
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To keep track of the timing.
So one, two, three, four.
One.
I do it on A minor 6.
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So, one.
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It's down up, down up.
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But really fast.
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On, off, one, two, three, four, one.
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So it starts on the off beat.
Not an offbeat, but it starts on the,
the second beat and in the bar.
So one, two, three, four.
One, dah, dah, dah, dah doo, dah,
dah, dah doo, dah, dah, dah.
One, two, three, four.
One, two.
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One and two, three, four.
One,
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Two, three, four.
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Three, two, one.
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That's a good one.
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Later on, when you start to get this down,
you might be able to do some really
interesting rhythm fills we, we're using,
you know, we can do, use rolls like.
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Like this.
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Really fast.
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Doing some stuff like that.
So let's try to play one more
time over the backing track, and
I will do some rhythm fills here.
But it's important not to do too much,
because you're still a rhythm player.
You're not the rhythm soloist.
But at some point,
it's good to do this to build up
the rhythm for behind the soloist.
All right, here we go.
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Something
like
that.
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