The very first thing you should delve into as a student is the “Gypsy Jazz – Guitar Technique” lesson. Several videos with Stochelo showing you exactly how to improve your left and right hand to get incredible speed and precision. Everything will be covered: from choosing a pick and strings to hand position, detailed analysis of rest stroke picking, vibrato and left hand finger exercises.
Building your arsenal of licks
You will learn the sound of gypsy jazz the way Stochelo has learned it: studying solos related to specific songs in the repertoire. First you will watch Stochelo play a chorus or two on a well known gypsy jazz standard. Then the solo will be broken down into phrases and licks and through close-ups of the left and right hand Stochelo will show you exactly how everything is played and how it can be used in your own improvisations. Of course every note is written down for you, both in notes and tab with fingerings and the right pick directions. Executing the licks with the right fingerings and pick directions are key to having beautiful and powerful tone and your overall development as a gypsy jazz musician. Many lessons will be available when you sign up and more will be added each month.
As a student of the Rosenberg Academy you will have access to the forum where you can talk with other students. Staff-members of the academy will pop in from time to time to answer your questions as well. Discussing your progress with other like-minded people will prove to be an invaluable tool in learning the ins and outs of gypsy jazz guitar.