Finally, a class designed for the sole purpose of playing gypsy jazz and swing rhythm guitar! Often times, many guitarists prematurely focus on the lead aspect of playing gypsy jazz without realizing that being a rhythm player is what they will be doing 80-90% of the time in an ensemble or a jam session. It is crucial to be a strong rhythm player!
This class will cover ALL aspects of playing rhythm guitar. This includes: developing good time and feel, how to hold a pick for different sounds, dynamics, proper chord voicings(four and three note shapes), la pompe style right hand techniques, shuffling, bass line movements, common chord substitutions, altered and extended chords, cliche chord movements, slash chords, vamps, intros and endings.
Also, special topics will focus on waltzes, gypsy bossas, boleros, tango, and contemporary. One class will be devoted to special effects teaching how and when to apply tremolo, triplets, Charleston and other common rhythmic patterns, and stop time. Many examples will be from Django recordings.
The repertoire for the class will include songs that are most often called and played at jam sessions. So, this is a great way to learn and memorize the standard repertoire in gypsy jazz. Some of the songs include:
Minor Swing, Blue Skies, It Don't Mean A Thing, Dinah, Embraceable You, It's Only A Paper Moon, Swing 42, Topsy, Blue Drag, Troublant Bolero, Bossa Dorado, Besame Mucho, Bistro Fada, Heavy Artillery, After You've Gone, and Isn't She Lovely.
This is a jam packed class taught by Tracy Kim, of the Kung Pao Chickens. He has been performing and teaching swing and gypsy jazz for the last 15+ years.
Tracy hosts a biweekly gig/jam at the Raven and Rose, which he invites and encourages his students to sit in and jam with him and his special guests.
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