Gypsy Jazz – Improvisation?



Asked by: Tammy Brown

What are 3 methods of jazz improvisation?





Three methods of Jazz improvisation are melodic, harmonic and motivic.

How is gypsy jazz different from jazz?

Musical material and Phrasing



While American Jazz has the tendency, to sound aerial and erratic, Gypsy Jazz sounds down to earth and the melodies are quite traceable, comprehensible and singable. Probably because of the use of the many arpeggio notes in the solo.

What is unique about Gypsy jazz?

Rhythm guitar in gypsy jazz uses a special form of strumming known as “la pompe”, i.e. “the pump”. This form of percussive rhythm is similar to the “boom-chick” in bluegrass styles; it is what gives the music its fast swinging feeling, and it most often emphasizes beats two and four; a vital feature of swing.

What is the gypsy jazz scale?

harmonic minor scale





A scale used in gypsy jazz



The Hungarian gypsy minor scale can be seen as a harmonic minor scale with a #4 (or b5). Guitar players such as Jimmy and Stochello Rosenberg and Bireli Lagrene commonly use this scale in jazz gypsy music. Middle Eastern oud music also makes use of this scale.

Is jazz improvisation hard?

It will be frustrating, confusing, time-consuming, and flat-out difficult. However, the rewards will truly transform your playing and what’s more, you will have a solid grasp of improvisation. You’ll quickly develop your ears and be able to hear melodies, chord progressions, and intervals.

What are elements of jazz improvisation?

The key elements of Jazz include: blues, syncopation, swing and creative freedom. Improvisation in music is not new, as there are traditions of improvisation in India, Africa, and Asia. Beethoven, Mozart and Bach all improvised, as well, but Jazz improvisation is special due to the use of the blues scale.

Is Gypsy Jazz hard to play?

Gypsy Jazz is almost frivolous and light hearted, and always an easy escape. In its basic form it is easy to learn, but can take a lifetime to master. Possibly the most famous tune “Minor Swing” has three chords, and two of those chords are the same shape.

Are Gypsy Jazz guitars hard to play?

Unfortunately, a lot of the mass-produced guitars or even luthier built guitars cater to people who complained that traditional Gypsy Jazz guitars were too hard to play. It created a bit of a rift in the instrument market.



What are Gypsy Jazz called now?

Sometime in the 1970s this style became codified as “Gypsy Jazz.” There are a few things that remain strange about this. Firstly, the name is offensive to some and was possibly codified by Romani musicians themselves. Second, the music is nowadays is played more by non-Romani (Gadje) than Romani themselves.

What are the notes to gypsy scale?

Last time, I introduced an essential scale for gypsy jazz, harmonic minor, which is intervallically spelled 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, 7. In the key of A minor, the notes are A, B, C, D, E, F, G#.

What mode is gypsy music in?

The term Gypsy scale refers to one of several musical scales named after their support of and association with Romani or “Gypsy” music: Double harmonic scale (major), the fifth mode of Hungarian minor, or Double Harmonic minor, scale, also known as the Byzantine scale.



What scales did Django use?

The harmonic minor scale (1–2–b3–4–5–b6–7) was an integral part of Django’s sound. The scale is identical to the natural minor (1–2–b3–4–5–b6–b7), with the exception of a raised 7 scale degree that strongly resolves to the tonic chord.

Did Django use a pick?

Things are different when you learn to play the Gypsy jazz style. Django Reinhardt and all the other gypsy jazz guitarists use the same method of picking, a method called rest stroke picking (other jazz guitarists like Joe Pass use this method as well).

How did Django play with two fingers?

In 1928, at 18, Belgian gypsy musician Django Reinhardt lost the use of the third and fourth fingers of his left hand in a caravan fire, forcing him to abandon both the violin and banjo and concentrate on the guitar, playing solos with only his index and second finger.

How do I sound like Django?


The first thing is a real signature Django phrase that is also played often by a stoker roseburg and sounds like this one two three. Four.



How do you play la Pompe?

So you need to play a fast down stroke quick to hit all the strings 2 3 and down 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 now when the drummer breaks.

What makes a gypsy guitar?

Contrary to the Western style guitar, the Gypsy guitar has a small, oval sound hole (petit bouche) or a big hole in a D-shape (D-hole). The Gypsy guitar has always a cutoff, which supports the soloing in the higher regions. Some guitars have a neck with 12 frets and some have 14 frets.