CVI1 Lesson 6

Swing, Gypsy Jazz.
One of the most popular jazz styles for violin is of course the Gypsy Swing, which originated from Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli’s “Hot Club De France”.
This style is still growing more and more popular all over the world.
Although there were jazz violinists at the time, Stéphane Grappelli can be seen as a pioneer, adding the violin to jazz, first his “Hotclub de France” style, better known as Gypsy Jazz or Manouche, he also played with many great contemporary jazz artists like Oscar Peterson, Michel Legrand.
He was close friends with Yehudi Menuhin, who admired his style of playing tremendously.
In lesson 6 we will work with a few different songs, while we also learn one of the most important chord progressions in Jazz: II-V-I.

1 Gypsy Jazz

We will start with Django's song "Daphné" where we can practice the jazz style on 2 simple scales, D and Eb.
You will be pulled out of your comfort zone again, Gypsy Jazz is known for its virtuosity, so we will slowly build up the tempo.
Try to play it with the most relaxed feel you have, if you still experience a bit of stress, focus on the first tabs, the slower ones.
Go to the faster tempo's when you feel you can play it smoothly.
That's what it's all about.

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2 Swing on the scale of D and Eb

On the chords of Daphné we can practice our swing style on the scales of D (in the "A" parts) and Eb (in the "B" part).
We will start nice and slowly.

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3 Swing on the scale of D and Eb #2

Same as in tab 2, but a little faster.
When we play faster it is essential that you stay totally relaxed, the more you play relaxed, the faster you will be able to play.

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4 Daphné, playing the theme first.

If you haven't already yet downloaded the score of Daphné it is now time to do so.
Usually a song's theme is played first, then the improvisations start and all ends with the theme again.
(Improvisations always use the chord progression of the song, with a few exceptions of course).

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5 Daphné, playing the theme first. #2

Same as in the previous tab, but a little quicker.
Slowly building up the tempo.

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6 Daphné, playing the theme first. #3

The theme can be played as free as you want, just as we saw in the previous lesson.
I will play around with octavation, slight alteration in rhythm, free!
You can try it at this tempo, but if you download the backing track you can also practice this in a lower tempo.

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7 Daphné, playing the theme first. #4

Free theme playing, speed improvisation for the cracks out there.
If you can't keep up with this one, don't worry for now, maybe come back to this one later.
For the ones that are a bit more advanced there is this challenge I wanted to offer.
Remember to keep it all relaxed, even when the tempo is a bit higher.

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