|Django’s “Minor Swing,” Part 2: 1937 Solo, First Chorus
Django’s “Minor Swing,” Part 2: 1937 Solo, First Chorus
Django’s 1937 recording of “Minor Swing” is considered by many to be one of his greatest recordings. His solo also illustrates many aspects of his approach to improvising. Learning the solo will teach you some of the vocabulary of Django’s style but also how he approached improvising in general. Scott walks you through the first chorus of the solo and points out some of the essential elements of Django’s approach, the way each phrase leads into the next chord, his fondness for short arpeggios (in particular minor-six and diminished-seventh arpeggios), and how those arpeggios can almost be thought of as accompaniment to melodic lines.
"Minor Swing" Solo (Available to subscribers)