Gypsy Jazz with Austin Filingo

Gypsy Jazz guitarist Austin Filingo covers the basics of the Gypsy Jazz and Swing Guitar styles.

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Gypsy Jazz guitarist Austin Filingo covers the basics of the Gypsy Jazz and Swing Guitar styles.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Introduction to Gypsy Jazz

Austin Filingo introduces himself and discusses his lesson series on Gypsy Jazz. He gives a general overview of the style and explains what he'll be teaching.

Length: 2:10 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 2

Warm-up Exercises

Austin demonstrates some helpful warm-up exercises, including hand stretches and chromatic octaves.

Length: 6:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

History of Gypsy Jazz

Austin gives a brief overview of the history of the style. He also lists some of the gear out there that can help you get the right sound in both live and studio applications.

Length: 8:34 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Right Hand Techniques

Austin discusses picks and proper right hand placement for achieving a gypsy jazz sound. He demonstrates the sound of three different picks, and explains which one is his favorite.

Length: 7:43 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

La Pompe Rhythm

Austin teaches how to play the "la pompe" (Freddie Green in swing circles) rhythm. This accompaniment patter is crucial to playing in the gypsy jazz and swing styles.

Length: 10:18 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Bread and Butter Chords Part 1

Austin discusses and demonstrates a couple of bread and butter chords in the key of G. He covers multiple voicing for the G6, G6/9, D7, and D9 chords.

Length: 13:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Bread and Butter Chords Part 2

Austin uses the chord voicings taught in Bread and Butter Chords Part 1 to play over a track.

Length: 5:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Bread and Butter Chords Part 3

Austin demonstrates a few more bread and butter chords for us in the context of the tune "Dinah" by Fats Waller. He covers voicings for Em, Em7, B7, A7 and Am7.

Length: 8:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Dinah: Learning the Whole Tune

Austin takes all the chords from Bread and Butter Chords parts 1-3 and puts them together in the tune "Dinah."

Length: 8:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Dinah: The Passing Chords

Austin teaches how to use different chord voicings and inversions of chords in the context of the Fats Waller song "Dinah".

Length: 11:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Dinah: Intro's and Outro's

Austin teaches various ways to begin and end a performance of "Dinah". These concepts can be applied broadly to other jazz tunes.

Length: 19:09 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Minor Swing: Bread and Butter Chords

Austin Filingo starts digging into the tune "Minor Swing". In this lesson, he breaks down some tried and true voicings that can be used when comping in a Freddie Green or 'Le Pompe' style.

Length: 9:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Minor Swing: Passing Chords

Austin teaches some passing chords and chord substitution principles that can be used in "Minor Swing" and more broadly in this genre.

Length: 11:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

Minor Swing: Intro's and Outro's

Austin uses the context of "Minor Swing" to teach various intro and outro ideas to use in the gypsy jazz and swing genres.

Length: 14:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

Dinah: The Melody

Austin teaches the melody to the tune "Dinah".

Length: 13:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 16

Chord Pools

Austin teaches a collection of drop 2 voicings that are commonly used in jazz.

Length: 7:30 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 17

Major & Minor Triads

Austin teaches how to build major and minor triads all over the neck.

Length: 14:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

Augmented & Diminished Triads

Austin expands on the major and minor triads with augmented and diminished formations.

Length: 6:40 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 21

Dinah: Chord Melody

Austin utilizes the triads he's taught in previous lessons to build a few different chord melodies for the tune Dinah.

Length: 10:38 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 50

Soloing Concepts: Dinah

Austin teaches some soloing concepts for the tune Dinah.

Length: 17:44 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 51

Soloing Concepts: Minor Swing

Austin demonstrates and analyzes some soloing concepts for Minor Swing.

Length: 7:30 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 53

Chord Pools Part 2

Austin builds off of Chord Pools Part 1 and plugs some of the chord voicing into a practical chord solo.

Length: 9:36 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only