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Greetings From Seattle

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Hello, I'm a recent transplant here in Phinney Ridge (north Seattle) and a Gypsy Jazz rhythm beginner. I would guess, judging from the last "Seattle hello" posting (2008), there aren't many folks around that are new to GJ.. But I thought I'd give it a shot.




  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Altamira M10
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    Welcome to the board! If you are new to GJ, you couldn't have chosen a better location than the Pacific NW. Home to Pearl Django, home to Djangofest NW, home to Michael & Djangobooks....

    I started my GJ path in WA about 20 years ago, though I no longer live in the area. I wish you much fun and joy on your own journey.

    vanmalmsteenWillieBucoBill Da Costa WilliamsMichaelHorowitz
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    Welcome and greetings from Outer Banks NC

    vanmalmsteenBill Da Costa WilliamsWilliebillyshakesAzazzellrichter4208
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
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    Thanks much, Billy. It's really pretty here. It's going to be interesting to see how Covid-2 shakes out in Seattle as we seem about to go into re-mask mode.

    Hello Buco. That shot looks about as inviting as it gets! Thanks for posting that.

    I'm researching and compiling a list of 20 priority songs to learn the chords and rhythm to. I'll post the list to see if folks want to chime in with their opinions about what the priority should be. I'm finding some of these songs are more sentimental than others, and I feel more drawn to the cooler tunes.

    I'm in the realm of an intermediate guitar player, but I've got plenty of time on my hands, and luckily, my fingers are growing more flexible and strong.

  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Altamira M10
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    @northerner Don't go to all the trouble of researching your 20 tunes. The cool folks at Django in June have already done that effort and provided you a resource.

    I'm referring to the Tier 1 standards (24) in this link. Jack Soref has even done a video to help you choose and learn some of the idiosyncratic chord shapes to this style. Don't worry about getting them all at once Just trust your ear and find a few shapes for each chord flavor (major, minor, dom, etc) that you can play that you like. The rest can come later. And if you get a chance to attend DiJ when they start hosting again, it is a great time!

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    Thanks again, Billy. This is enormously helpful.

    High hopes for a healthy 2022.

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    @northerner no problem, I was looking for the opportunity to sneak it in. Water temperature was 72-73. Not that I'm rubbing it in, just saying... I understand that's a luxury for you on the Pacific side, especially northern Pacific.

    As Bill said don't have to look further than the DiJ essential list. Those songs will have all or most of the common voicings and chord progressions. Even before that though, listen to those songs all the time and get intimately familiar with the melodies. It sounds like a given but I've met people who would struggle to memorize a chord progression then I'd realize they can't really do the above.

    One song from that list, Manoir De Mes Reves, doesn't have a link for the backing track but Dennis put one up since that list was compiled.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
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    Hey, thanks again, Buco. You're quite the helpful soul.

    Ha! Yeah, that's really warm water, and that reminds me of swimming in warm California slow-moving streams during Summer. I was kayaking Lake Cushman a couple weeks ago and assumed the water would be super cold, but it wasn't bad at all.

    I hear you, I'll make a point to digest the melodies. Great advice!

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    Sup gents?

    As far as jazz guitar accoutrement goes, I need a new big fat gypsy pick. Does anyone have a recommendation for a jazz guitar shop? I live in Phinney Ridge. Would prefer not driving downtown because some bulldozer might get me -- or a road grader -- or a ...

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