Gypsy Jazz Guitar Improvisation
Don Price (assisted by Ken Billeci & Jane Thompson)
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 4:00pm
Music 3 - Room #212
This workshop will be geared towards all players. Don will break down 2 of the most popular approach methods in Django's playing and illustrate how to create your own improvised lines for this this style of music. The solos will use six basic chord types with the chance to have everyone play along using a popular tune from the gypsy jazz repertoire. The student taking this class should leave with a better understanding of Django's improvisational process. Bring your notepad and a pencil. A workbook with CD will also be available for purchase should the student wish a more in depth approach.
Don Price is the lead guitarist for Jazz Gitan, a gypsy swing guitar based trio performing the music of Django Reinhardt and contemporary 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 gypsy jazz.
More info at www.jazzgitan.com. You can contact Don by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 916-225-5527.