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The 4 Most Important Chords To Learn in Gypsy Jazz Guitar

Updated: Jan 18, 2023


Gypsy jazz (also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz) is a style of jazz developed by the Romani guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt in Paris during the 1930s. Because its origins are in France, and Reinhardt was from the Manouche Sinti clan, gypsy jazz is often called by the French name "Jazz Manouche". With this short lesson, I want to introduce you to the 4 most important chords to learn Gypsy Jazz Guitar. I hope you have fun playing this beautiful music!


But before you read on, if you want to learn how to play guitar in ALL AREAS of the Gypsy Jazz style (right hand technique, rhythm, chords, scales & arpeggios, licks, repertoire, transcribe solos and music theory), I am pleased to let you know that you can join a free 14-day trial of my Gypsy Jazz guitar program. Click here to find out more: Gypsy Jazz Guitar Makeover Coaching




 

Gypsy Jazz Chords


Note: I have chosen to stick around fret 5 of the guitar neck. Of course feel free to move these chords around the fretboard! And feel free to leave a comment or a question at the bottom of the page! Enjoy!


1) A minor 6 - This is the typical minor chord played in Gypsy Jazz music. Instead of a normal A minor chord, this music usually adds the major 6th note of the scale. So it becomes an A minor 6 chord, or Am6.




 

2) D9 - This is one the typical dominant chords played in Gypsy Jazz music. Instead of a normal D7 chord, try play this D9. It still works as a dominant chord (i.e. it creates tension towards the first chord of the tonality) but it's played by adding the 9th note of the scale. So it's a D9 instead of a regular D7















 

3) D Major 6/9 - This is the standard major chord in this music. Instead of a normal Major chord, this version adds the 6th and the 9th note of the scale. Use it wherever you would use a major chord that is the 1st or 4th chord of the key that you are in (i.e. CMaj and FMaj if you are in the key of C Major).
















 

4) Bb Diminished 7 - Last but not least, this is a very beautiful chord! Again, it's a very common chord in Gypsy Jazz music. As I explain in the video below, this chord can be substituted to the dominant chord that starts half a step below it. So for example you can play this chord - Bb Diminished 7 - instead of an A7 to create a more interesting harmonic effect.















Now, if you want to learn how to play guitar in ALL AREAS of the Gypsy Jazz style (right hand technique, rhythm, chords, scales & arpeggios, licks, repertoire, transcribe solos and music theory), I am pleased to let you know that you can join a free 14-day trial of my Gypsy Jazz guitar program. Click here to find out more: Gypsy Jazz Guitar Makeover Coaching


 

Yours truly, Filippo Dall'Asta






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I think I could learn from this site. The Blue Note Best of Django Reinhardt version of I'll See You in My Dreams, is the best allegro arrangement of this classic song ever. I've heard a fair number of really good players, not copy it perhaps so as not to be just a cover. But for me this particular recording is simply sublime. One of those 'desert island ' choices.

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