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A short Introduction to Gypsy Jazz

La Pompe is the basic Gypsy Jazz rhythm accompaniment.


First, we will use only a single chord- G major, so you will practice your right hand separately in
order to concentrate on the rhythm itself.
Mastering La Pompe requires daily training. Practice the following steps slowly until you feel
comfortable with them and repeat all of the steps every day.

Step 1: The first bit.


Play an upstroke, then down stroke and quickly jump your right hand towards the upper part of
your guitar body, so that you'll finish this movement with your right hand up, close to the upper
part of your guitar body.

And a quick jump up.

Step 2: The 2nd bit.


The second bit, also called the "slap", is a fast down stroke.
Step 3: Combine step one and step two.
Right now you have the basic La Pompe movements. We didnt talk about their sound yet;
dont expect it to sound like La Pompe yet, but be sure you feel comfortable with these
movements before you move on. Be sure that:
1. You use your elbow and not your wrist.
2. Your wrist is slightly bent.
3. You hit all of the strings.
4. You are making a fast jump up at the end of the first bit.
5. You freeze after each movement and are not making unnecessary movements.

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Step 4: Where is the swing accent?


The swing accent is the upstroke of the first bit. It should be placed immediately before the 1 or
3 beats of the bar:

3 4

Note that in swing feel, we dont play straight eights, we play swing eights.
Step 5: Sound of the first bit.
Emphasize the sound of the lower strings more than the sound of the upper strings.

Step 6: Sound of the 2nd bit.


Emphasize the sound of the upper strings more than the sound of the lower strings.

Step 7: Sustain variation.


Be aware of the opportunity to vary the amount of sustain using your left hand. There isnt any
right or wrong; its a matter of conveying the right feeling for the song.

Step 8: Combine all of the steps.

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Chord progression

G major 6add9, root on the 6TH string.

Gm6add9, root on the 6TH string.

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D7add9, root on the 5TH string- with barre

D major I-VI-II-V chord progression, root on the 5th string:

A13

A13/Bb

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G minor blues progression

Ending

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