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Gypsy Picking

Posted by Kevin McCabe on Friday, October 4, 2013

I've been "bathing in Django", and learning about gypsy style flat picking. It's pretty interesting. Django was amazing when you consider he only really had the use of two fingers on his left hand. The gypsy picking style produces a tone with a lot of amplitude, because of the concept of "rest strokes" The picking technique also lends itself to arpeggios. I don't have anything recorded with this yet, but it definitely changes the tone, and provides a different way of thinking when soloing. 


Here is Django playing:

Here is the idea explained:

Here is the idea in full blown action. I think these guys could take a lesson from Django, on how to be more musical, but the their technique is amazing:

1 comment on “Gypsy Picking”

obertone Says:
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 @3:16:50 PM

I read your bio. My grandfather played some Django on his Gipson guitar. His name was Frank Obertone, father of Don Obertone. They knew Charlie Tagawa. Don is my father, though he died some time back. Keep the Django going. I’ve been a fan ever since listening to my grandfather.

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