Gypsy jazz chord voicings

Learn all the common chord shapes used in gypsy jazz guitar.

Adrian Holovaty


Intrigued by the music of Django Reinhardt and gypsy jazz? Or maybe you’re just looking to learn some interesting new guitar chords? This is the course for you.

Warning: these ain’t your standard barre chords. It’s lots of 6/9’s and exotic voicings you’ve probably never come across if you play rock/pop/blues music.

In this collection of video lessons, you’ll learn all the commonly used chord shapes in gypsy jazz music, aka “gypsy swing.” For each chord type (major, minor, dominant, etc.), Adrian will show you a couple different ways to play it, along with specific tips on fingering.

The course is taught in a progressive manner. Along the way, you’ll learn some common chord progressions used in this style, putting your new chords to work immediately. And you’ll get tips on how to practice, plus advice on when to use which chord voicing and how to interpret chord charts in this style. When you’re done with the course (and with practice!), you’ll be ready to sound “in the style.”

64 minutes across 24 parts

Introduction Free
Chord: Minor 6 (first version)
Chord: Dominant (first version)
Progression: Minor Swing
Chord: Minor 6 (second version)
Chord: Major 6/9 (first version)
Chord: Minor 7 (first version)
Chord: Dominant (second version)
Progression: 2-5-1 (first version)
Chord: Major 6/9 (second version)
Chord: Minor 7 (second version)
Chord: Dominant 9th
Progression: 2-5-1 (second version)
Progression: 1-6-2-5 (diatonic)
Progression: 1-6-2-5 (tonicized)
Chords: Diminished
Progression: The turnaround
Chords: Half-diminished
Three extra chords
Progression: The Christophe
Progression: Major walkup
Practice tips
Why these chord voicings?
Conclusion: How to use these chords

About Adrian Holovaty

Adrian Holovaty is a guitarist from Chicago, currently living in Amsterdam. He began playing in this style in 2005 and has studied and performed with many of the modern-day greats.

Adrian taught a weekly gypsy jazz class at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music for several years and has attended Django In June (an annual instructional camp) every year since 2007 — including three years on the teaching staff there.

You might have run across some of Adrian’s YouTube videos, including the gypsy-jazz version of the Super Mario Bros. 2 theme. :-)

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