There’s nothing worse than being at a jam and hearing the same old songs going round and round. Likewise, it can be frustrating watching a band playing a set without a good variety of tunes.
People that are turned off by Gypsy Jazz often criticize it for being too repetitive. Therefore picking tunes with a variety of rhythms, keys and chord changes will help to keep the audience’s attention. Knowing what gypsy jazz songs to learn can be daunting when there are so many to choose from. To help get you started, here 10 great gypsy jazz songs, picked for their variety and how they will develop your playing.
"Minor Swing" (Django Reinhardt)
A seminal number in the Gypsy Jazz canon, this is the ultimate jam number. With just three chords it’s a great tune to try out your minor 6 arpeggios on, which Andreas also teaches in his guitar lessons online at ArtistWorks. An ideal tune for beginners learning gypsy jazz guitar.