maandag 15 februari 2010

Arpeggios and chord progressions....

Working with Denis Chang DVD's;

"Practicing connecting arpeggios from the Denis Chang DVD."

Christmas came early for me last year as I recieved the Denis Chang DVD's I had ordered on much faster than I had expected.
Bumping into Denis Chang and his video lessons while looking for Gypsy Jazz resources on the internet is not that hard. And since he plays togheter with people like Stochelo Rosenberg, Wawau Adler and Tim Kliphuis it must be good , right? So I ordered the whole deal, 5 DVD's on improvisation and accompaniment. Enough to keep me occupied for at least the next two to three years (and probably even longer).

Excerp from the Denis Chang DVD's

The DVD's turned out to be even better than I eventualy thought. Denis has a clear way to explain all the aspects of Gypsy Jazz. The well arranged menu's make it easy to navigate and learn everything you need to know about Gypsy Jazz one step at a time.

After watching the intro and practicing "La pompe" for a while I started with the arpeggios last week. I allready knew some from my Romane book : "L'esprit Manouche" but I had no clue how to combine them. So I was glad Denis showed me. After a few hours of practice I found myself improvising a little tune combining Denis' licks with Romane's and a few of my own I stumbled on whyle playing. And then it occured to me; "I was making music!" Thank you Denis!

An arpeggio I came up with by myself, altough I don't know if it's right, I think it sounds ok.

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1 opmerking:

  1. Good work! Don't forget to jam with backing tracks. Or let your computer play one or two chords in slow tempo.