La Pompe Rhythm (Guitar Lesson)


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Austin Filingo

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.

Taught by Austin Filingo in Gypsy Jazz with Austin Filingo seriesLength: 10:18Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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keckikecki replied on December 7th, 2014

why don't you exactly how the pompe works step by step?

shiroshiro replied on December 5th, 2014

it's not really the same as the freddy Green style though. The gypsy rhythm has a particular way of ringing out the chords, for example. You sort of glide the pick through the strings, and it's like a percussive sound. There's also a particular way the elbow and wrist jerk back to the original position after completing the motion.

moulderguitarmoulderguitar replied on August 29th, 2014

I can't help but notice on multiple videos across multiple genres the people doing these videos don't really go in depth on the rhythms. Maybe it's just me but I can't get a good feel for the rhythm when I hear it at full speed. The artist you guys have on here are great but sometimes they really are bad at breaking down harder to do stuff like rhythms.

bob16bob16 replied on February 6th, 2014

I like Austin's "real world" suggestions - like working on your strumming during the commercials & not obsessing over the technique but having fun with it. Good advise & I'm really liking his lessons!

BD cgullBD cgull replied on January 9th, 2014

If anyone else is having as much trouble as I did breaking down the strum just by watching him do it - I recommend Marcelo's Lesson 19 "Gypsy Jazz" in his Flamenco series. It's not conventional gypsy jazz of course but he breaks it down well. He uses a pick in Scenen 3.

Gypsy Jazz with Austin Filingo

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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



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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 15

Dinah: The Melody

Austin teaches the melody to the tune "Dinah".

Length: 13:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 50

Soloing Concepts: Dinah

Austin teaches some soloing concepts for the tune Dinah.

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

Soloing Concepts: Minor Swing

Austin demonstrates and analyzes some soloing concepts for Minor Swing.

Length: 7:30 Difficulty: 3.5 Members 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 Members Only

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