An Introduction to Gypsy Jazz Guitar
Don Price

Introduction to Gypsy Jazz Guitar 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 life blood of swing playing will be taught. The beginning lead guitarist will again 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 a professional guitarist and music educator, with over 30 years of teaching and performing under his belt. He is currently teaching in the Charter Schools and also gives private lessons and offers workshops in jazz guitar and gypsy jazz. As a part of the original Djangofest event started in Washington, Don created the popular 3,000+ members e-group and web site called "gypsyjazzguitar" to network with players and fans interested in this high energy form of acoustic swing-jazz. As leader and founder of Jazz Gitan, Don can be found seeking to refine his craft, playing this spirited style of music called "le jazz hot".