In this video, Aaron walks you through the simple solo he’s created for “Minor Swing.”
Check out these songs featured in the Gypsy Jazz Mandolin Essentials course.
Learn to play swing and jazz mandolin from scratch, with a step-by-step method for learning swing chord voicings, as well as simple, swingin’, melody-based solos for some of the most popular songs in the jazz and swing repertoire. Designed for newcomers to playing jazz and swing.
In Gypsy Jazz Mandolin Essentials, you'll learn to play swing and jazz mandolin from scratch, with a step-by-step method for learning swing chord voicings, as well as simple, swingin’, melody-based solos for some of the most popular songs in the jazz and swing repertoire. This course is designed for newcomers to playing jazz and swing, and in this video, Aaron talks about what he's going to be doing in his course.
In this first lesson, you’ll learn three basic movable swing voicings for the mandolin: C7, F7, and G7, which are the three chords you’ll need to know to play a blues in the key of C. You’ll also learn to play the basic swing rhythm 4/4 pulse, which involves playing a down stroke on each quarter note and then lifting your fingers so that you damp the second half of the quarter note. Aaron also shows you a simple solo on Duke Ellington’s classic “C Jam Blues,” which, as you might have guessed, is a blues in C.
Django Reinhardt’s classic “Minor Swing” is one of the most popular Gypsy jazz tunes. In this lesson, you’ll learn two new chord voicings (Am and Dm) as well as a simple solo to “Minor Swing.”
Fats Waller’s swing “Honeysuckle Rose” has been recorded by nearly everybody, and the version by Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France is a classic. In this lesson, you’ll learn a new voicing that can function as a minor seven or major chord (in this case, a Gm7 or a Bb) and a solo on “Honeysuckle Rose” composed by Aaron.
To play the swing standard “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” you’ll learn two new chord voicings: G6 and Bb diminished. You’ll also learn a solo composed by Aaron.
“All of Me” is one of the most popular swing and jazz standards. In this lesson, you’ll learn two new voicings (Dm7 and F6) as well as a great single-note solo.
“Sweet Sue” (originally called “Sweet Sue, Just You”) was a popular song in 1928, and soon became a jazz standard. Great early recordings include those by Django Reinhardt and Benny Goodman. You don’t need to learn any new voicings to play “Sweet Sue”; you can use those you’ve already learned.
“Dark Eyes” is a Russian folk song that was written in the mid-1800s. Tommy Dorsey recorded it in 1937 and it became a favorite with Gypsy jazz musicians after Django Reinhardt’s 1940 recording. It’s in the key of D minor and uses chord voicings you’ve already learned.
The Gershwin Brothers’ song “Lady Be Good” is one of the most popular swing and jazz standards, and there are innumerable great versions, including those by Count Basie and Lester Young, Django Reinhardt, and Ella Fitzgerald. It’s usually played in the key of G and uses chord voicings you’ve already learned.