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Guitar Techniques - - Play: Gypsy Jazz -

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Aspre­vi­ous­ly­men­tioned,when­it­comesto­jazz,andin par­tic­u­larGyp­sy­jazz,arpeg­giosandthe­con­nec­tionofthe­un­der­ly­ing chord­tone­sare­given­greater­sig­nif­i­cancethanscales.Ar­guably yougen­er­ateth­e­ses­truc­tures­from­scales,sothe­con­nec­tion­is­not com­plete­lyir­rel­e­vant,but­no­tice­here­howal­mostallofthe­sig­nif­i­cant melod­i­cac­tion­alignsper­fect­ly­with­the­un­der­ly­ing­chord­se­quence. Makesurey­oulear­nal­ly­our­ma­jor,mi­nor,7thand6tharpeg­gios­a­long with­7b9an­dit­sim­plied­di­min­ished­con­nec­tion,andyou’ll­beina much­stronger­po­si­tion­for­play­ingthisstyle.

Djan­gorestat­es­themelody­here­to­bringhissolo toa­close,but­no­tice­howhenow­makesthedescend­ing­line com­plete­ly­chro­matic.He­lastsaboutabar­be­fore­launch­ing­back­into im­pro­vi­sa­tion­a­gain,on­ce­mored­erived­fromthose­cru­cialarpeg­gios, al­thoughRein­hardt­wa­sex­treme­ly­comfort­able­with­addingchro­matic ‘fill-in’notestothe­ses­truc­turestocre­ate­greater­melod­icin­ter­est,such as­theDb9in­bar70(R357b9).

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