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Jan 15, 2019 - 10:53:33 AM
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5162 posts since 3/6/2006

They call it gypsy jazz now, but I think Django just called it "jazz" smiley

I'm using the gypsy minor scale quite a bit, and there are some descending diminished changes: Gm/Bbdim/Adim (which are also V IV subs) but enough of that, here's the music.

 

San Rafael

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:34:01 AM
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4413 posts since 11/13/2005

I can see the Caravan coming up my driveway now Laurence. Excellent Gypsy music.

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:36:06 AM
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Omeboy

USA

1618 posts since 6/27/2013

Absolutely outstanding, Laurence. I know whenever I see that you've posted something, it will be on a whole different level of artistry. "San Rafael" reminds me so much of "Swing Gitane." This will probably stay in my head all day. Thanks for this great post.

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:45:32 AM
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Very nice Laurence. I’m a fan of Gypsy jazz and you sure do it justice!

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:57:01 AM

5162 posts since 3/6/2006

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Originally posted by Omeboy

Absolutely outstanding, Laurence. I know whenever I see that you've posted something, it will be on a whole different level of artistry. "San Rafael" reminds me so much of "Swing Gitane." This will probably stay in my head all day. Thanks for this great post.


Thanks so much Paul! i had to go listen to 'Swing Gitane' to make sure I hadn't written the same tune! (phew - safe)! There is a group out there called Ghost Notes that were just mind blowing! All these minor key gypsy jazz tunes have a similar vibe, but it's a good one.

Jan 15, 2019 - 5:27:03 PM
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Don Lewers

Australia

669 posts since 2/24/2012

''Roll over Django, 'cause Diehl's moovin' in'' ..... yeah ''L,'' I believe if Django was still with us in the moment today ..... he'd be chomping at the bit, to get in and jam with ya' on this swinger. ..... Don

Jan 15, 2019 - 9:29:06 PM
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Ascot

Australia

15 posts since 4/15/2016

Wonderful Laurence.
You can make that uke talk

Jan 15, 2019 - 9:35:44 PM
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409 posts since 9/6/2014

Absolutely terrific, Laurence. Great playing, great vibe, great tune. A couple of technical questions -- is that a tenor or concert uke, and what's the tuning? Thanks for sharing this terrific vid.

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:24:50 PM
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133 posts since 3/19/2018

Nice rendition .


Thank you

Jan 16, 2019 - 12:09:43 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

21597 posts since 6/25/2005

Ditto, me too, what everybody said...

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:36:31 AM
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4413 posts since 11/13/2005

Hey Laurence, did you ever write a lead sheet for your song? I'd like to read it in print. I didn't realize you wrote it until I reread. Cool tune. lyrics as well?

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:21:28 AM

5162 posts since 3/6/2006

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Originally posted by johnstephen

Absolutely terrific, Laurence. Great playing, great vibe, great tune. A couple of technical questions -- is that a tenor or concert uke, and what's the tuning? Thanks for sharing this terrific vid.


Thanks John! The uke is a tenor, built by the Martin guitar co. It is tuned in fourths - the standard "my dog has fleas" tuning is gCEA but I put it in low G for the jazz stuff, so it's GCEA. Strangely enough, the soprano, concert and tenor ukes all have the same tuning - just different body size and neck length.

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:26:12 AM
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409 posts since 9/6/2014

Thanks for the info, Laurence. Ukes are fascinating little instruments -- more versatile than a lot of people realize, I think -- and your Martin sounds fantastic. Once again, great playing on a wonderful tune.

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:26:20 AM

5162 posts since 3/6/2006

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Originally posted by davidcava

Hey Laurence, did you ever write a lead sheet for your song? I'd like to read it in print. I didn't realize you wrote it until I reread. Cool tune. lyrics as well?


David - do lead sheets have the melody written out in standard notation? Because I don't write standard notation (I can barely read it)!

Here are the chords though:

Gm/Bb dim/A dim/Gm D7
Gm/Bb dim/A dim/Gm

F/Bb/A7/Dm D#9
Gm/Bb dim/A dim/Gm

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:06:38 AM

4413 posts since 11/13/2005

Yes, melody and chords in standard. I'm getting better at reading it, and thought you may have written it out. Thanks for the chords, I'm going to work on the tune.

Jan 16, 2019 - 2:02:06 PM
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201 posts since 11/22/2009

Absolutely great playing Laurence! You have that 'gypsy jazz' sound. I have been into Django for 50 years--He said it all. The European gypsy jazz players--and the Flamenco guys--Hungarian--Romanian musicians are pronominal musicians. Check them out.

Feb 5, 2019 - 8:26:16 AM
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7 posts since 2/5/2019

Very clean and very cool...

Feb 5, 2019 - 12:57:48 PM
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CGDA

Italy

1873 posts since 1/4/2009

That's so nice and really "manouche" !

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