This month's theme is "by hand." Now, here's something: the only video where we actually see Django Reinhardt's hands playing the music we hear on the soundtrack. Awesome. And kind of the holy grail of videos for those that play gypsy jazz. Or so my main man and bandmate, Duane Andrews tells me.
You see, I've been working on la pompe for our new band, the FIERCE DREAMERS. The Fierce Dreamers are Duane and I playing two guitars. I sing sometimes. Our music sounds a bit like Bonnie Raitt meets Django with a little Jim Hall and Tina Turner thrown in for good measure. We are still (obviously) working it out.
In the gypsy jazz tradition, la pompe is how the rhythm guitar plays. Essentially, it replaces the drum kit. What you are after is a percussive, swung sound that keeps the music chugging along. I'll let you go down rabbit hole on this yourself. If you want to work on your pompe, start listening to Django first and foremost. If you want a little instruction, I recommend the Gypsy Jazz Guitar School. These are the best lessons I have found on the web. But go to the source, young grasshopper. Watch the vid and weep.
Do you have a few vids of your favorite gypsy jazz players playing -- hands and music synced up? Show me! Leave a link below.