Tag Archives | Gypsy Jazz

Choosing the right guitar for Gypsy Jazz – Part 1

I get quite a lot of emails from people all over the world asking me for advice on which Gypsy Jazz guitars to buy. While it is true that Gypsy Jazz guitar construction is unique and quite different from what the majority of guitar luthiers are used to, I feel that some of the advice […]

Happy Birthday Django Reinhardt

Hello from Taipei, Taiwan! Today is Django Reinhardt’s 106th birthday! I was hoping to have the time to transcribe a lot of Django solos this week, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Nonetheless, I managed to wake up earlier today to transcribe one of my favorite Django solos from his rome sessions in 1949. The song […]

Producing Bireli Lagrene’s instructional videos

I spent the past month preparing the lesson materials for the official Bireli Lagrene instructional videos, which will one day (please don’t ask when) be available at DC Music School. It was a bit of difficult task considering the number of styles and instruments that he plays. Furthermore, we are dealing with a 100% self-taught […]

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 […]