Acoustic guitar, Gypsy Jazz

Stompin' At Decca

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In this gypsy jazz lesson we will learn "Stompin' at Decca" - a composition written by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. It was recorded in January 1938. This lesson will help you improve your gypsy jazz vocabulary, swing feel, phrasing, rhythm changes and improvisational skills.

LESSON FILE INCLUDES:

  • Main video
  • 17 close up videos (each section slow/fast)
  • 3 speed backing tracks (300bmp, 225bpm , 150bpm)
  • Tab - Guitar Pro 5, 6, 7 and PDF
  • Lesson explanation
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In this gypsy jazz lesson we will learn "Stompin' at Decca" - a composition written by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. It was recorded in January 1938. This lesson will help you improve your gypsy jazz vocabulary, swing feel, phrasing, rhythm changes and improvisational skills.


--------------------------------------THE PROGRESSION---------------------------------------------------

//: G6 | % | Eb7 | % | Am7 | D9 | G/B Bbdim | Am7 D9 |

| G6 | % | Eb7 | % | Am7 | D9 | G6 | % |

| B7 | % | E7 | % | A7 | % | D7 | % |

| G6 | % | Eb7 | % | Am7 | D9 | G/B Bbdim | Am7 D9 :||

Gypsy jazz musicians play different versions of the progression with chord substitutions and voicings, feel free to search the internet if you want to find out more how they apply them into the composition.

The following progression is how I have played the accompaniment, notice how I apply the 2-5-1 changes only over the 5-6 bar,13-14 bar and 29-30 bar of the form of the song in the improvisation.

//: G6 | % | Eb7 | % | G/B Bbdim | Am7 D9 | G6 | D9 |

G6 | % | Eb7 | % | G/B Bbdim | Am7 D9 | G6 | G6 Bb7 |

| B7 | % | E7 | % | A7 | % | D7 | % |

| G6 | % | Eb9 | % | G/B Bbdim | Am7 D9 | G6 | D9 :||

There are 17 slow/fast videos of each 8th bars (except for the "head" at the end of the song because it is played the same as the beginning)

I have written 3 progressions of solo over this cool progression and I really hope it will give you an insight of the gypsy jazz style of improvisation.

The TABS are with detailed explanation of the left and the right hand picking patterns.

Have fun learning this piece and feel free to leave a comment.

Damjan

 

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