Both the Fundamentals and their Practical Applications!
“The nuts and bolts things to do in order to play faster, louder, better.” - Paul “Pazzo” Mehling
Hot Club of San Francisco guitarist Paul Mehling builds on all his popular Homespun lessons with this comprehensive workout/ practice regimen for aspiring swing players. He focuses on robust warm-ups and training exercises to develop good time, tone, speed and the specific techniques needed to get the authentic “Gypsy Jazz” sound.
On Lesson 1 you’ll get a thorough workout in the use of scales, vibrato, tremolo, rhythmic strumming, chord work and arpeggios, the cornerstone of Gypsy jazz - and any kind of music that utilizes a flat pick. There’s lots of great technical advice here too, as Pazzo demonstrates his approach to “ironing out” the problems encountered when learning a new song or technique, how to fix mistakes and practice efficiently - a boon to any guitarist learning this challenging style.
Lesson 2 continues Paul's “nuts and bolts” exploration of Gypsy jazz and swing guitar techniques, putting all those scales, warm-ups and exercises you did on DVD 1 to practical use. His Hot Club of San Francisco band mate, Evan Price, helps out on rhythm guitar and shares his unique perspective in an informative conversation with Paul.
Rhythm playing comes to the forefront as Pazzo reviews some archetypal progressions that every swing player needs to know. He shows a variety of chord shapes and inversions, navigating around the fingerboard and demonstrating a G Minor Blues, the Cycle of Fifths (Sweet Georgia Brown), variations on the 6-2-5 progression and the ubiquitous I Got Rhythm changes, among others.
Once you’ve learned the rhythm parts, Paul shows you how to solo over the progressions by playing single-string arpeggios, chromatic runs, scales, licks, harmonics and other very hot improvisational tools. His original tune, Don’t Panic, a Gypsy-inspired tour de force, combines all the elements and will challenge any aspiring guitarist in building stamina, dexterity and fretboard knowledge.