Django Reinhardt - know the man, play the music
I spent much of 2004 writing this book about Django Reinhardt. It's very much a labour of love and I really think it's "the one" if you're a guitarist and you want to know more about this exciting style of playing. It's available in bookshops and on Amazon.
There's a thorough and highly readable biography section by Dave Gelly, followed by my part of the book. This begins with a chapter on the Selmer Maccaferri guitars which Django used throughout his career, giving you all you could want to know about their history. Then we get down to an analysis of key elements of Django's style and how to get to grips with it, with reference to the coming transcriptions.
Next come the six transcriptions, all complete songs with intros and outros and solos, and including violin or clarinet harmony parts where appropriate. I'm particularly proud of these transcriptions and believe they are 100% accurate; I've also included the correct chord shapes for rhythm players. With practice and listening you'll be able to start incorporating Django's licks into your playing, or, if it's more your thing, become an authentic "Hot-Club" rhythm player.
The book includes a CD of recordings of my performances of each of the songs with a full backing band. You can play along with the solos, or there are spaces in the backing tracks for you to try them on your own, or you can improvise your own solos as you wish.
Django is published by Backbeat Books (www.backbeatuk.com). Available now.
These are the songs transcribed, together with their recording dates and composers:
(Reinhardt, Grappelly) P77540 Sept
1935 - Backing track on YouTube
The original tracks are not hard to
find; I particularly recommend these compilations from JSP records:
Many of the transcribed tracks are also
on this single CD:
ProperBox also have a good Django compilation.
In March 2005 the prestigious Jazzwise Magazine reviewed the book. Read.
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