I don't write much on the forum but I read it a lot and wanted to thank all of you that share so much. I really appreciated it.
I learned and performed my first Gypsy style tune this weekend to a packed theater and it was one of the best nights ever. So now I really have 'Gypsy Fever' and want to move forward and gain some real quality progress. I just don't have a plan and I’m overwhelmed by both the amount of learning and all the different books and methods to choose from.
My goals are to pick much cleaner and faster, understand music better and build repertoire. No problem if you’re still 15, but at 50? Whew!
What should I do? I feel lost in a sea of possibilities with no set direction. I have to be realistic at 51 years old, I guess that has to play a role in how to choose an approach.
I have no books yet, no teacher (other than a basic theory teacher that is ridiculously slow). I want to learn Tico Tico and Minor Swing right away. Like literally today, like right now…but I can’t find a way to do that. All the TAB out there is weird or wrong and the chords they use are often terrible. I just want to learn the chords and La Pompe them into my loop pedals and start on the lead phrases slowly and build speed.
So…that Nolan fellow seems to have a ‘dive right in approach’, as does the Pearl Django books. Wrembel’s Gypsy Fire Book or Horowitz Gypsy Picking? The Rosenberg Academy? Denis Chang’s School? Andreas Oberg Academy? Frank Vignola’s True Fire Gypsy Songbook? BTW, I can only read in the first position (but I am working my way up the neck) so I must use TAB. My ear is pretty good but I can’t find complex chords very easily, yet.
Here is a YouTube link to my first Gypsy song, (Wrembel’s waltz ‘Bistro Fada’). I know it’s very choppy and lacks style but I’m working on it. If anyone has a minute it would be cool if someone educated heard me, especially as it might affect what advice you would give me based upon current level of ability…or more accurately – a lack there of!
What do all you GJ masters suggest I do to attain my goals? Whatever you all say to do that is what I will do. Finding a real teacher is next to impossible. I live outside Baltimore in case anyone knows someone.
I thank you all in advance for your kind guidance.