Gypsy Jazz Guitar: Introduction
Don Price, assisted by Ken Billeci & Jane Thompson

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 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.

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