In this Django Reinhardt style guitar lesson, I introduce how to play minor 6 and minor 6/9 chords in thumb position. Thumb position means to use your thumb to fret the bass note of the chord, allowing you to utilise your other fingers across the other strings and create a dense, rich chord voicing.
To successfully play these chords, I recommend positioning your palm right up against the back of the guitar neck. This allows your thumb to easily reach over the top. Many people find these chords tricky at first. Once you have them however they are an excellent alternative to bar chords, as you can then play rhythm without the heavy fretting pressure that bar chords require. I hope you enjoy the lesson!
Did you find this gypsy jazz rhythm guitar lesson useful? If so, please check out the gypsy jazz course Rhythm Guitar Fundamentals for video instruction on how to play over 40 chord shapes that are common in gypsy jazz. You can also purchase the Gypsy Jazz Chord Book, which comes with the course, separately if you wish.
All the best, Harry Edwards (Head instructor @ www.studygypsyjazz.com)