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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Discussion with Gonzalo Bergara: Django Reinhardt

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[MUSIC]
For
those of you who don't know Django
Reinhardt was, the man who inspired us
to play this style and this beautiful
music, can you mention a few words for-
>> Yeah, so
>> The listeners?
>> Django was a,
was a gypsy that that liked a guitar
player that was really into American jazz.
Louis Armstrong and all that,
all that kind of stuff.
And he somehow, you know,
I guess with the bands that
were playing back then and,
and the ensembles that he was in, there
were never drums or anything like that.
So they only had guitars or
string instruments.
So they started to play that swing
rhythm that you would hear here with
the drums and the horns and that stuff.
And they started to play it.
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With the guitars, like that.
And Django was the first,
he was the, was he the first-
>> Yeah.
>> Solo guitar player?
>> I guess, I guess so.
>> Anyway, he was really famous because
he'd gotten burnt in an accident.
And two of his fingers were his tendons
were burned, so he couldn't actually-
>> Well he could-
>> He had the fingers.
>> He had the fingers, but
they were crippled, so he couldn't-
>> Yeah, he couldn't actually-
>> Couldn't move them.
>> So he had to solo the whole
time with two fingers.
>> I know.
>> It's incredible that-
>> And he could play chords with like,
he could put those crippled fingers on
the fret board but
he couldn't really move them, so
he came up with a couple of voicings
that kind of took [CROSSTALK].
>> Unique to the style, yes.
>> And his style was like a mix of
American jazz and some, gypsy music in
the French musette, and the chansons, and
like, came up with something on his own,
probably the, the main contribution,
to jazz history from-
>> From Europe.
Yeah, definitely.
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