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Gypsy Jazz Basics - Exploring Harmony

Alex Simon

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16 Videos (42m)
    • 1 Introduction

      1:55
    • 2 Half Step Lead in to Arpeggios (Starting on G String, Ascending)

      2:52
    • 3 Half Step addition to Arpeggios (On B String, Ascending)

      3:35
    • 4 Half Step addition to Arpeggios (On E String, Ascending)

      2:40
    • 5 Half Step Addition to Arpeggios of Minor Swing (On G String, Ascending) Locked Position

      2:01
    • 6 Half Step addition to Arpeggios of Minor Swing (On B String, Ascending) Locked Position

      2:09
    • 7 Half Step Addition to Arpeggios of Minor Swing (On E String, Ascending) Locked Position

      1:41
    • 8 Mixing it Up Changing which String of the Arpeggios Gets the Addition (Ascending, Different Posit

      3:04
    • 9 More Mixing it Up Changing String of the Arpeggios' Addition (Ascending, Locked Position)

      2:59
    • 10 Descending Minor Arpeggios Adding the Extra Note On the High E String

      4:06
    • 11 Descending Major Arpeggios Adding the Extra Note On the High E String

      1:33
    • 12 Descending Arpeggios with Added Note Over Minor Swing Chords In Locked Positions

      3:47
    • 13 Whole Step Additions to Ascending Minor Arpeggios

      3:19
    • 14 Whole Step Additions to Ascending Major Arpeggios

      2:01
    • 15 Whole Step Additions to Descending Arpeggios

      2:12
    • 16 Improvising with the Arpeggio Variations Over Minor Swing Chord Changes

      2:34

About This Class

Use Harmonic Color to Give Your Solos Momentum!

In this follow up to my Introduction to Gypsy Jazz course, we will get into harmony. I will show you a trick that will unlock countless harmonic possibilities and bring your soloing to the next level! We will start adding color to our arpeggios and begin to build a bank of material for our solos. 

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Inspired by the legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, Alex Simon
imbues dazzling technique and lyrical, impressionistic expression with a
twenty-first century sensibility.

Alex Simon has performed at The Guggenheim, B.B. King's Main Stage, The
Rainbow Room, as well as world-renowned cocktail lounges Milk &
Honey, Bathtub Gin, NoMad, Happy Ending and many other of New York
City's finest venues.

Simon's repertoire includes Early Jazz and Musette Classics,...

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