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Free Gypsy Jazz Guitar Lessons With Jonny Hepbir | Gypsy Jazz Bites 6

Updated: May 4, 2021

Gypsy Jazz Bites - Free Django Reinhardt Style Guitar Mini Lessons with JONNY HEPBIR.

These mini lessons contain different techniques for improving left/right hand co-ordination whether you're a beginner or more advanced player.

I've recorded a series of these free lessons which I've released over the last few months, the video above is the sixth and final one in this run but there will be more later in the year.

Gypsy Jazz Bites 5 - Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Guitar - La Pompe.

In this video I demonstrate Gypsy Jazz rhythm guitar using the main chord sequence for the standard 'What Is This Thing Called Love'.

There are four different tempos and I play round the whole sequence once (AABA) for each speed.

Although there are a few chord variations/substitutions that can be used in the tune, I've tried to keep them as simple as possible to concentrate on the rhythm consistency.

'A' Section - Gmin7b5 C7 Fmin Dmin7b5 G7 C6/9.

'B' Section - F9 Bb Ab7 G7.

I'm hearing the metronome click on the '2' & '4' to demonstrate the swing feel.

The only version with any slight rhythmical accents or 'stabs' is the medium one. The others are played straight with no accents to demonstrate a consistent left/right hand rhythm.

I'm also comping 4 to the bar with my chord hand on every version.

There are quite a few variations of 'La Pompe' out there but this is generally how I play if accompanying a soloist in a regular Gypsy Jazz duo/trio setting.

1. Slow - good for learning Gypsy Jazz rhythm and encouraging an even feel.

2. Medium - a bit more pumpy and encouraging a consistent swing feel.

3. Fast - pushing the tempo up but keeping everything even.

4. Faster - more demanding for both hands but a good tester for consistent rhythm accents.

All the versions are good to play along with if you're new to this style of rhythm or for practicing 'stabs'/accents over if you're getting into that aspect of Gypsy Jazz rhythm.

As with all the Gypsy Jazz Bites videos, the phrases/rhythms can be used in different contexts over songs played in a Gypsy Jazz style.

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