Beginning students will find this book to be an excellent way to develop proper technique, learn authentic Gypsy-style chord voicings and rhythms, and develop a repertoire of standard songs commonly played at jam sessions. More advanced students Gypsy Rhythm is a complete tutorial on Gypsy jazz accompaniment styles that will be beneficial for guitarists at any skill level. Gypsy Rhythm is much more than a fake book; it is a comprehensive tutorial that will take you from the foundations of Gypsy jazz accompaniment to its most virtuosic techniques. The accompanying CDs have audio for over two-hundred examples and transcriptions.
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Kudos to Michael and all of the great work he has done here. But, if you are looking for comprehensive lessons that encompass techniques, voicings, and platforms used to propel your playing to the next level then this is the guide. No other book gives the same breadth or wealth of information at the same price. In his book, Michael Horowitz incorporates many stylistic chord voicings, chord substitutions, and regional specific rhythms, and he provides many recordings to enrich the lessons with audible examples.
The large book is spiral bound, thus providing a lesson friendly experience. Additionally, the three audio CDs provided enable the student immediate access to a multitude of examples. The different styles of rhythm which I was unaware of were well explained, and helped me to focus on developing a personal style of my own. The cds make the numerous examples clear.
I also like the various levels of the same tune; I can quickly get a basic knowledge of a tune under my fingers and be playing some real music while learning more advanced chord forms.
Bottom line is, this book works if you do! If the sheer volume of the book does not impress you, the volume of audio materials certainly would : the book comes with three Cds. More of then not, a book of this size is often packed with superfluous and irrelevant materials all aimed at alluring you to buy it for its sheer size.
But once in a while, and a long while at that, along comes something like Gypsy Rhythm Volume 1. This book has everything you need to know about Gypsy Jazz rhythm playing. It has a full chord library for the chords used in this genre of music and the book contains a detailed analysis of the use of these chords, the relevant chord progressions and how to get the essence of the rhythm going. You simply cannot go wrong with this book. You will rarely ever see a book that explains something so lucidly, so clearly, in such detail and with such articulation.
The author Mr. Michael Horowitz anticipated most of the questions you will be asking and he already has the answers for you in the chapters of the book. Another highlight of this book is the transcription part. This part of the book contains the transcription of 8 Gypsy Jazz songs.
But unlike most books, the transcriptions here are not simply transcription of a recorded version of the song. For each of the songs, the author sets out a basic version, a an intermediate and advanced version of the same song. Some songs even have a transcription for a modern version and a comping version. This is so important as it documents the evolution of the music in terms of voicing and chord changes over time. This helps not only in understand Gypsy Jazz but chord progressions and chord voicing in general.
You cannot help but get inspired and you will obtain a good insight if you have the patience to go through the different versions of the transcription. Those who know little will always look to playing guitar solos to the exclusion of everything else. But it is the rhythm parts, the chord progression that provide the basis and foundation for the guitar solo. Knowing your chords and mastering the rhythm guitar is the key to playing great guitar solos. And Gypsy Rhythm Volume 1 is the book that will help you master it.
And what is in the book applies not only to Gypsy Jazz; most of the materials therein have universal application. If you want to pick up a few flashy things to impress your friends and fans, this is not the book. But if you want to really understand Gypsy Jazz rhythm and rhythm guitar in general, this is the one book I will buy if I was allowed to buy only one book.
Just one complaint : where is Gypsy Rhythm Volume 2? And Volume 3? Well, all is not lost. Horowitz tells me that Gypsy Rhythm Volume 2 should be available around early I just cannot wait.
I have barely begun to scratch the surface of this book but thus far it is amazing, I am looking forward to plowing through the different aspects of it.
Thanks Michael! Been playing cowboy chords for 20 years or so. This book does a great job explaining basics of playing gypsy rhythm guitar. Being a bit of nerd, it helps to have things explained along with the music. Michael obviously put a lot of work into this volume and it shows.
Top notch! Michael Horowitz has a very in depth and comprehensible way of explaining every step. It is loaded with a vast assortment of information which will keep one busy for quite a long time.
Gypsy Rhythm (Volume 1): A Tutorial For Gypsy Jazz Rythm Guitar
Описание: Цыганский джаз [ритм-гитара]. Содержание: Part 1, "Gypsy Jazz," provides historical information about Gypsy jazz and the la pompe swing rhythm employed by Gypsy guitarists. Part 2, "Fundamentals," explains proper body positions and practice guidelines that will help you progress more rapidly. Part 3, "Basic and Intermediate Chords," explains the basic chord voicings used in Gypsy jazz. Part 4, "Basic Rhythms," explains the traditional la pompe and "flat four" swing rhythms. Part 6, "Advanced Harmonic Techniques," explains the chordal embellishments, turn-arounds, and reharmonization techniques used in Gypsy jazz.
Michael Horowitz – Gypsy Picking
However, it is already clear to me that if you want to play gypsy jazz rhythm, you must have this tome. There is something for everyone from the new starter to the experienced player and it is presented in an eminently readable and comprehensible form. The latter I found particularly fascinating in that they clearly illustrated the wonderful effects the master could achieve with relatively simple chord shapes proving as he often did that less can be more. To most of us I am sure, instructional books such as this can only be of limited help because no matter how clearly the music is written and here it is very clear , the printed page cannot indicate exactly the sound, emphasis and timing required. In order to overcome this problem, Michael has included 3 audio CDs to illustrate each exercise or transcription, no matter how simple or complex. CD 3, for example, has 94 tracks! This is not a cheap book but I believe is value for money in that it is incredibly comprehensive and will of be use for many years into the future and certainly as long as you continue to play gypsy jazz.