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Recording Mike Rud

Today was a fun day in the studio. I’m finalizing my preparations for the Bireli Lagrene instructional videos. To test my electric guitar setup, I invited the great Canadian jazz guitarist Mike Rud to record a few tunes. Mike Rud won a Juno (Canadian version of the Grammies) award for best Vocal Jazz Album in […]

Gypsy Jazz Lessons

Please read the lessons page for general information about my lessons. So Gypsy Jazz interests you, and you don’t know where to start. You may have many questions concerning Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz. You have read a lot of contradictory information on the Internet and you are more confused than ever. I can help you navigate […]

Skype / Internet Lessons

Please read the lessons page for general information about my lessons. While I very much prefer giving lessons in person for various reasons, I do offer various forms of Internet lessons. We can do Skype, Facetime, or you can send me questions, and I can make a custom video lesson for you. Coaching is a huge part […]

Music Lessons in Montreal, Quebec

Please read the lessons page for general information about my lessons. Did you somehow stumble on this website but don’t really know who I am? You can read about me here Hello friends from far away land!  If any of you would like to come to Montreal, Quebec to study with me, you can possibly stay […]

The secrets of authentic Gypsy Jazz rhythm!

This article originally appeared on Djangobooks.com’s May 2015 blog. This version may differ in that it may have been updated since its original publication. Have you ever wanted to learn how to play authentic Gypsy Jazz rhythm? I can show you the secrets! This is a limited time offer only! Subscribe now! These secrets are so coveted, […]

Django Legacy – The birth of Gypsy Jazz

This article originally appeared on Djangobooks.com’s February 2015 blog. This version may differ in that it may have been updated since its original publication. Since the early 2000s, there has been a global surge in the popularity of Gypsy Jazz and the music of Django Reinhardt. Many articles have been written about it, and many myths […]

Practicing, sincerity, awareness, and passion!

This article originally appeared on Djangobooks.com’s January 2015 blog. This version may differ in that it may have been updated since its original publication.   Greetings folks! Today, I would like to talk about two important, yet, often overlooked aspects of music: awareness and intent. These two terms are rather vague, indeed, but encompass many aspects […]

Sinti culture, language, and the origin of the name “Django”

This article originally appeared on Djangobooks.com’s August 2014 blog. This version may differ in that it may have been updated since its original publication.   PREFACE Greetings dear readers. If you are reading this, then you are probably interested in the music of Django Reinhardt, or perhaps, interested in Romani culture. This article is about Sinti […]

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