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Gypsy Jazz Guitar Lesson - Turning Arpeggios Into Phrases

In this Django style gypsy jazz video lesson I show how to add semitone embellishments to major and minor triad arpeggios.

By adding these chromatic approaches, you can begin to turn your arpeggio shapes into classic Jazz Manouche style phrases.

In this lesson you will also learn how to create an enclosure around chord tones. This means to embellish and draw extra attention to a chord tone by playing a note either side before returning to the targeted chord tone. This is a technique used by many jazz musicians, and is a great way to add some more melodic and rhythmic interest to your arpeggios, turning them into gypsy jazz lines.

I hope you find the below video lesson useful!

Harry Edwards (Head instructor @

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@pauljones   last year
Fantastic video! I recognize the semitone approach from Django's soloing but I couldn't quite pinpoint what he was doing- I always thought he was using the harmonic minor for these arpeggio-based phrases- but thinking about them this way is much easier when you're improvising. Thanks for sharing!
@studygypsyjazz   last year
You're welcome Paul! Yes, the arpeggio-embellishment approach is very useful, and opens up new possibilities for playfulness in your improvisations. Wishing you all the best with your exploration of gypsy jazz.
@makko   last year
this is some awesome lesson! will watch more. :)