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Michael Horowitz: Gypsy Picking – Right Hand Technique

  • Langley United Methodist Church 301 Anthes Avenue Langley, WA, 98260 United States (map)

Right hand picking technique is one of the most demanding aspects of playing Gypsy jazz. This workshop will teach you the rest-stroke picking technique used by Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Biréli Lagrène, and nearly every other Gypsy jazz guitarist. Learning to play with rest-strokes will give you the “Gypsy sound” by dramatically improving your volume, speed, and tone. To help put the rest-stroke technique in context, students will learn several of the most commonly used Gypsy phrases, arpeggios, and chromatic runs, which do not appear in Michael’s book “Gypsy Picking.” Students will also learn basic principles of efficient left hand fingerings which, when used in conjunction with the rest-stroke picking technique, allow one to play with improved speed and articulation. These examples will be included in handouts written in both standard notation and tablature.

Michael Horowitz is the founder of the publishing company and Gypsy jazz retail store and is the author of the books “Gypsy Picking,” “Gypsy Rhythm,” and “Unaccompanied Django.”