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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Chez Fernand

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[MUSIC]
I'm
gonna play you one of my own compositions
now.
This is called Chez Fernand.
And the history behind this, was I wrote
this, in a little cafe, in France,
called Chez Fernand.
In, the beautiful little town called
Samois-sur-Seine.
Which is where Django Reinhardt lived the,
the, the last few years of his life.
And where they have the Django Reinhardt
guitar festival every year.
And I wrote this really trying to get a
feel of
of France and you know, that whole cafe,
cafe feel.
I actually wrote it for my group, Spirit
of Django.
Which features two acoustic guitars,
acoustic bass guitar,
accordion, saxophone.
And so, this is really, a little more
advanced.
It's quite more advanced in fact.
But I just thought I'd put this in as a,
as a bonus for you because.
A lot of guitar players ask me about this
tune, seem to like this.
And I thought I'd put together a little
solo version of it because it wasn't
written for solo guitar.
And also another thing about this is, it's
in Bossa Nova,
it's a Bossa Nova, so this is something we
haven't really touched on before.
So just for you to kinda get in your mind,
un, get this feel under your skin.
The feeling of a, a Bossa Nova rhythm,
which is like this.
[MUSIC]
And
this is something that is really important
for guitar players to play.
It's one of those things, that it's
[MUSIC]
It's a guitar thing.
This only really works, this rhythm, the,
on the guitar.
This is ours.
So that's the feel.
I'll slow it down slightly.
[MUSIC]
Then I bring the melody in and
the same thing applies with the melody
here.
But we need the melody to be really,
really singing out.
Now, the Bossa Nova is is Brazilian.
It's a dance.
So you kinda imagine, imagine that feel.
I mean, the tempo can vary at Bossa Nova.
In fact, very often I mean,
I'm going to play this a little slower
than I normally would.
But I actually find it easier to play it a
little bit faster.
It's one of those things.
A bit like riding a bicycle, you know,
it's when you gather momentum on a bike,
you know, you can, you can keep going.
You try and ride a bike slow when you've
only just learned to ride a bike.
It's a, there's a lot more difficult.
But that's, that's the feel we want to
get.
Then when we bring the melody up.
[MUSIC]
Now,
there's times in this when I can't keep
the,
that Bossa Nova rhythm going all the time.
So just as we did in some of the other
pieces I, that I've played,
I suggest the rhythm a lot of the time.
[MUSIC]
I have to drop it.
[MUSIC]
Make that a break.
[MUSIC]
But
if you kinda get, you, if you establish
that feel, that rhythm,
[MUSIC]
That establishes it for the listener.
And after that, once you've got that,you
can start suggesting this
[MUSIC]
So again, I'm gonna play this.
We've got the overhead camera.
And we're going to slow it down for you as
well.
So everything's here.
Use your ears and your eyes and it's all
here.
So we don't need to write anything down.
But just have some fun with this and
as I say it just something a little bonus
sorta little we've, we've put in here.
Because it is does seem to be very popular
among guitar players and
you might want to, to try it.
Or you may just want to take little
elements of it at least
I'd really like you to learn
[MUSIC]
To get that Bossa Nova feel
[MUSIC]
And you can get of course in major.
[MUSIC]
Get that Bossa Nova.
So there you are.
So this is Chez Fernand.
[MUSIC]
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