Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm Complete Mandolin Edition by Dix Bruce.
Learn 29 great swing standards in the style of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and the Quintette of the Hot Club of France. Two original volumes combined in one book, plus 5 new bonus tunes! Download and play along with a great Gypsy Swing band, learn chords, comping, melodies, then let the band back you up as you solo. We’ll jam all night long!
Book (110 page/8 1/2 by 11 inch hard copy publication) with included downloadable audio $24.95
CD version of audio: If you’d also like a CD version of the audio, click below to order. $12.00
• Gypsy Swing original Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 books combined into one volume with 5 new songs!
• Learn melodies & chord progressions to 29 great Gypsy Swing songs
• Learn moveable closed-position swing/jazz mandolin chords
• Learn the swing mandolin rhythm comp (how to get that “Hot Club”-rhythm sound on mandolin!)
• Download and jam along with a great “Hot Club”-style band (almost 200 minutes of play-along audio!)
• Play along and practice rhythm and soloing as the band backs you up. We’ll jam all night long!
• Music includes standard notation, mandolin tablature, mandolin chords, and lyrics
• Bonus downloadable music and exercises!
Beginners can practice basic skills while more advanced players can hone their improvisation chops, each at their own individual learning pace.
Book includes standard notation, tablature, mandolin chord diagrams, lyrics, playing tips, and more. Each song (see “Contents” below) is presented on the downloadable audio at slow and regular speed. First you’ll hear the melody played at a slow speed with just guitar backup, then it’s repeated at regular speed with the band. The back up band is a classic “Hot Club”- style rhythm section with two acoustic rhythm guitars and string bass.
Split track mixing on the recording allows the student to hear just the melody (while reading along in the book) or just the rhythm section, or both for maximum flexibility and specific study. Leads are played on Selmer-style guitar for that Gypsy Swing sound. Finally the band plays several choruses and you play all the leads. Songs may be repeated, at slow or regular speed, as many times as you wish in order to perfect phrases, melodies and solos in a band context. Potential for improvement is unlimited. Guitar version also available.
(If you’re interested in copies of the original four Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm books, two each for guitar and mandolin, see the bottom of this page.)
Read the author’s blog on writing the Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm book/audio sets. Click here.
Comment on Gypsy Swing and Hot Club Rhythm Complete
by Mike Marshall
Dix Bruce has created a beautifully crafted set of books on learning Gypsy Jazz.
They are clear and concise with many details and secrets about what goes into making this style so captivating.
These are not simply books of charts for the tunes. Instead Dix takes us deeper and explains which chord voicings will work on both instruments and has provided TAB for both as well. There’s also a little bit of theory thrown in to help students unlock some of the harmonic mysteries of jazz.
I’m sure if you follow Dix’s advice your playing will step up to the next level.
Well done Dix!
Comment on Gypsy Swing and Hot Club Rhythm Complete
by Don Stiernberg
What a great idea to combine Volumes I and II of Dix Bruce’s Gypsy Swing and Hot Club Rhythm into one book! The resulting compendium of purposefully selected tunes is very thorough in its approach to getting this style of playing up and running on your mandolin. That’s what I love about this updated version–you get everything you need. Tunes are presented in standard notation and TAB, with chord diagrams and lyrics. Jazz titan Lester Young once pointed out that full knowledge of a tune must include learning the lyrics. In addition Dix provides gentle but clear explanations of chord theory, genre specific chord voicings, various ways to approach improvisation, and history of the tunes. By the way, there are 29 tunes; the contents of the previously released volumes plus five more tunes. Some of the numbers are originals based on well known forms from the Django-Stephane canon. There are so many ways to comfortably access the tunes, techniques, and concepts that the book effectively turns out to be a blueprint for becoming a better mandolin player and musician. You’ll see as you work up a number or two and jam along with the audio tracks provided. Playing with other musicians is the best way to learn, you’ll be doing that at various tempos, any time you like.
In case you’re wondering what the mandolin is doing playing “Gypsy Jazz”, consider a couple things: Django played guitar, Stephane violin. The mandolin is tuned like a violin and operated with a pick like the guitar…think of it as a “mashup” of the two instruments and you’ll see why the mandolin is becoming more and more accepted within the genre. Lucky for us Dix is also a guitarist. In fact there’s a Guitar Edition of this book as well.
Bravo and thanks to my old friend Dix Bruce for this wonderful presentation! I’m going to go learn some new chords right now!
Review of Gypsy Swing and Hot Club Rhythm Complete
by Ross Cherednik
This is a thorough rewrite incorporating everything from the author’s prior Gypsy Swing song books and quite a bit more, including additional songs and some well researched background information. The extensive new text gives a thorough background on this sort of music and offers appropriate musical references. This does not simply repeat old material but adds significant new information. Can’t wait to see what he does next!
Gypsy Swing and Hot Club Rhythm
How to Work with the Book and Recordings
Swing Guitar Rhythm
Some of These Days
After You’ve Gone
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home?
Swing in Minor
St. Louis Blues
The Sheik of Araby
Swingin’ Like ’42
Chinatown, My Chinatown
St. James Infirmary
Clouds and Shadows
Modifying Chord Forms
(Back Home Again in) Indiana
Django’s Djazz Blues
Red Wing Swing
The Mysterious Diminished Seven Chord
Five previously unreleased songs:
21st Century Blues
The Japanese Sandman
My Melancholy Baby
A Note on Improvising or “Now what do I play?”
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
Django & Stephane’s Recorded Solos & More
The band, l. to r.: Jason Vanderford, Steve Hanson, Dix Bruce.
I received my copy of the Gypsy Swing Complete book and though I’ve only played two or three songs from it so far, I can say I am really enjoying it! I have some friends that would enjoy this too so I will be talking to them about it for sure. If you continue to put out such great song books, I’ll continue buying them.
First time, ever, writing a letter like this. But, felt compelled to… I’m 61 years old and started playing guitar about 3 1/2 years ago … The music that makes me happy to be alive is Gypsy Swing. I have bought DVDs by ***, ***, and about three others. Also books on Django and books on arpeggios etc., etc., etc..
All of this was so over my head, so overwhelming, so frustrating. Most of the technique and scales and arpeggios were disjointed and had really no similarity to the music I was listening to. Not their fault, just over my level.
… Three weeks ago I came across your book/CD “Gypsy Swing and Hot Club Rhythm for Guitar.” … I started with “Avaoln” — right away I liked the format with the chord diagrams, the melody, and the finger number placements [tablature] for the melody. Now, what’s most amazing is that I spent hours watching the *** tapes and still (for some strange reason) could not get the “le Pompe” sound. (Granted I blame myself or my level of understanding). Yet immediately I picked it up from you, Jason, and Steve…
After playing “Avalon” and “The Sheik” I immediately ordered the second book/CD. I’ve spent 3 weeks so far with the 1st book and plan to spend a lot more time with it before I move on. I love the use of the 7th and 6th chords. “Swingin’ Like ’42” is just what I’m talking about. The melody is great. I can play it medium slow but it still sounds great. That’s the Django sound.”
– G.N. Long Beach, NY
Customer comment: “…Thanks for the (downloadable) ‘extras’ for the Gypsy Swing book. A good mix of easy and challenging songs, songs & tunes I know and some I hadn’t heard before, in keys I usually avoid. Thanks…”
– S.H. Urbandale, IA