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Play Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Guitar! - Gypsy Bossas

Alex Simon

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16 Videos (45m)
    • 1 Introduction

    • 2 "For Sephora"

    • 3 The Intro of "For Sephora"

    • 4 The first "A" Section of "For Sephora"

    • 5 The First Half of the Bridge (or "B1" Section) of "For Sephora"

    • 6 Repeat to play the Second Half of the Bridge (or "B2" Section)

    • 7 Notes on "For Sephora"

    • 8 "Made for Wesley"

    • 9 Intro Outro of "Made for Wesley"

    • 10 The Chorus of "Made for Wesley"

    • 11 "Brazil"

    • 12 The Intro Outro of "Brazil"

    • 13 The Chorus of "Brazil"

    • 15 The Bridge of "Brazil" Continued

    • 14 The Bridge of "Brazil"

    • 16 The End of "Brazil"


About This Class

This course expands on the Gypsy Bossa style of rhythm guitar that we learned in my Introduction to Gypsy Jazz Guitar course. By learning three core Gypsy Bossa tunes, we will broaden our repertoire of and also learn a lot of commonly used Gypsy Jazz chords. 

Stochelo Rosenberg's For Sephora epitomizes the Gypsy Bossa with it's Latin minor pastel tonality and mysterious sounding chord progressions. For Wesley (composed by Reinus Steinbeck) is a somber Gypsy Bossa that balances light and dark with a sense of gravitas. The Jazz classic Brazil (Ary Barroso), is a bitter sweet masterpiece that has been covered by many of the world's greatest performers since it was composed in 1939.

If you are looking to spice up your chord choices and add a Latin vibe to your music, this course will introduce to you to my arrangements of those three pieces. We will get deep into the ins and outs of how to efficiently play accompaniment parts that are often used in countless other tunes. By learning these touchstone pieces, you will become familiar with the building blocks of music and find inspiration for your own compositions as well. 

Further your journey into the incredible world of Gypsy Jazz guitar with this course on Gypsy Bossas!





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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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