"Viper's Dream" as Django phrasing exercise

Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
edited September 2010 in Licks and Patterns Posts: 1,563
Hope other beginner/intermediate players find this a useful exercise.

(More advanced players may be thinking, "WTF?")

Perhaps players lucky enough to live in an environment immersed in GJ :) may take this aspect of the music for granted, because it's just part of the air that they breathe.. but for those of us who are former rock/bluegrass/jazz players, it's a hard thing grip on...

How does Django, even playing a simple 12-bar blues pattern, make his arps and phrases and string bends magically "float"?

As opposed to plodding along tediously like, well, okay, mine. :(

Listening carefully to the attached clips, I'm thinking that Django's use of little rests between phrases is a big key...?

Good luck and enjoy!

Will Wilson
Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

PS I gotta say, nobody has given me any feedback on any of my previous postings in this vein, and these little sound clips are a fair amount of work to create and upload.... So if anyone actually finds this useful, please say so, otherwise this'll probably be the last time I cast any more of my pearls here before ye.... just sayin'.
Paul Cezanne: "I could paint for a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."

Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."


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