This is a Hal Leonard book from 2003 which I purchased today. The new way of listening to the recorded examples is by putting a code (found in the book) into the Hal Leonard website. All this is fine and modern.
I listened to a few of the songs (they're extended examples) of Django's original examples played by modern day players. BUT...I listened to the examples and thought they'd been played by a MIDI instrument as there's a 'weird' sound to them. The examples are given in two speeds, the normal speed of Django's recording and a slow speed but get this....the slow speed is the one recorded in real time by the guitarist, i.e he's playing Django's solo slowly. To get the speed at which Django was playing the solos, what do they do? Yep, they just speed up the recording hence the 'weird sound'. Now, I shouldn't be outraged as the notes are still there and there's some decent explanations of what is happening but can someone help me here in:
a) why couldn't they find anyone in 2003 in the US to play the solos at the speed Django recorded them?
b) why were they recorded on ordinary acoustic guitars, not GJ guitars, which I find odd?
Hal Leonard is the biggest sheet music company in the world. Surely it had contacts with GJ players...and in Europe too or would this have been too much to ask? It just seems very dismissive. Was 2003 'a very different place' with regards to transcriptions; maybe this was happening with other acoustic artists? I really don't think they would've got away with this if it was say, Van Halen.
If anybody can shed some light, thanks in advance :)