Hi, I'm just new here and pretty new to gypsy guitar although I've been dabbling for just over a year ( but playing guitar for around 25 years). I have the "Gypsy Guitar The Secrets' book and CD by Angelo Debarre, Sammy Daussat and Denis Roux, which covers the gypsy pumping method and soloing techniques. It also has 4 play-along gypsy tunes. I have found the solo parts quite hard to replicate to anywhere near the standard of Angelo Debarre (which is understandable) but I have practiced and practiced, sometimes up to 5 hours at a time to get that feel he seems to get especially some of his vibrato which is very subtle but so effective. I only have a normal acoustic with no cutaway, so playing below the twelfth fret is difficult and I realise that a lot of the gypsy sound is created with a proper gypsy guitar. Anyway to cut a long story short is it possible to get anywhere near this sound if your'e say just an average blues guitar player or do you have to have what seems like almost effortless gifted talent that these masters have. Also if anyone has been using this book I would be interested to know what you think, thanks. Great forum by the way.