EXAMPLE8 GYPSY JAZZ – DIMINISHED/AUGMENTED ARPEGGIOS AND STOCHELO ROSENBERG
The up-down-down-down picking pattern is a frequently used technique in gypsy jazz. Here we see both a pair of Diminished and Augmented arpeggios, followed by an idea based on Stochelo take on this technique based around a harmonised sequence in C with Diminished passing chords. The trick here is to maintain a clear semiquaver/16th-note rhythm. It’s all too easy to fall into a lumpy triplet-feel sweep. Aim to let each first string note ring for as long as possible, while you can cut the underlying harmonically defining notes on the lower strings a little short to aid articulation and delivery.