Gypsy Jazz Guitar: Introduction
Don Price, assisted by Ken Billeci & Jane
This workshop will be geared towards the player who
is just starting to learn gypsy jazz and swing guitar, and will cover
both rhythm and lead techniques. For rhythm playing, various chord shapes
and patterns that can be utilized in many different songs will be demonstrated
along with elementary music theory behind these progressions. In addition,
the right hand rhythm patterns that are the very easy will be taught.
The beginning lead guitarist will be shown various scale and arpeggio
combinations and how to use them over the most common chord changes in
gypsy jazz music. Along with left hand fingering (including the "two-finger" and "four-finger" approaches),
various right hand picking techniques will be taught (including "gypsy-picking" and
alternate picking). After having taken this workshop, the student should
be left with a good understanding of the elements that make up gypsy
jazz and swing.
Don Price is the lead guitarist for Jazz Gitan,
a gypsy swing guitar based trio performing the music of Django Reinhardt
Gypsy Jazz. As a music educator and professional musician, Don has over
35 years experience and two books to his credit. He was a faculty member
for GAC (Guitar Activity Center) and is on the recommended teachers list
at the University of Southern California. Don has worked with numerous
artists, including B. B. King, Al DiMeola, Simon Planting, and many others.
As a part of the original Djangofest event started in Washington, Don
created the popular 3,000+ members Yahoogroup called "gypsyjazzguitar" to
network with players and fans interested in this high energy form of
acoustic swing-jazz. As a result, Don has gained insight from instruction
from some top gypsy players such as Robin Nolan, Stochelo Rosenberg,
Paul Mehling and others. Don is currently working on his third book on
More info at www.jazzgitan.com. You can contact Don by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 916-225-5527.