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Tools for melodic soloing
Rino van Hooijdonk
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Tools for melodic soloing

One of the world’s foremost interpreters of Django Reinhardt’s gypsy swing, Rino shares his insight into developing authentic and melodic solos.
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Gypsy jazz
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$40

If you know gypsy jazz, you know Rino as one of the most authentic guitarists in the “classic” style. If you don’t know him yet, prepare to be amazed. Few people come as close to Django’s sound in feel and power as Rino does. Read full description…

If you know gypsy jazz, you know Rino as one of the most authentic guitarists in the “classic” style. If you don’t know him yet, prepare to be amazed. Few people come as close to Django’s sound in feel and power as Rino does.

In this course, Rino shares his insight into developing authentic and melodic solos in Django’s style. You’ll get the most out of it if you have at least basic experience playing gypsy jazz. If you’re intrigued by Django but have never played in this style, you’ll likely still get a lot out of it, as long as you have some basic jazz background (e.g., you know what a ii-V-I is). This course is not for beginner guitarists.

There’s easily several months’ worth of study material in here — all for less than the price of a private lesson (which, frankly, wouldn’t be as comprehensive as this). Enjoy this rich collection and get ready to grow your Django-style vocabulary significantly.

As with all Soundslice courses, every note Rino plays is transcribed in tablature and standard notation, synced with the lesson videos. The video sync allows you to follow along clearly and learn as efficiently and effectively as possible. Slow down the video without changing pitch, and drag your cursor across the notation to loop sections you want to practice.


“Among gipsy jazz players, it is rather rare to find a guitarist in who's music, phrasing, fills and accompaniments, one can consistently perceive a clear sense of Django Reinhardt's heritage. Rino Van Hooijdonk's playing is not an academic copy of Django's solos, it is a succession of willful and freely improvised lines and phrases, using all the material of Django that Rino finds beautiful and exciting. There are only very few players, who manage to reproduce with such success the fills and accompaniments with the healthy unforced resounding strength as Django's must have been. I wish, we could hear more of that tasteful old style playing among younger players soon again.” –Tcha Limberger

For more Rino, see his 2018 CD, “Rino Van Hooijdonk Quintette: The Bijlmer Sessions” (reviewed here).

Produced by Rino Van Hooijdonk, Nick Sansone and Dmitry Kuptsov. Bass: Joanna Gardner.

Full course

Full course is 44 minutes across 35 parts
Create memorable and unique solos by putting the melody and swing first!
1 Introduction
2 How I learned
3 Course concept
4 The Greats know the melody
5 Embellishments
6 Arpeggios
7 Follow the Chords
8 Show Embellishments
9 Embellishment examples
10 Dominant 7 alterations/subtitutions
11 Developing variations on D major
12 Extending an idea to seventh and minor
13 Building a solo with increasing variation ( I can't give you anything but love)
14 Variations in G minor ( Minor blues)
15 Phrasing and Timing
16 Melody with Django's phrasing (Night and Day)
17 No phrasing or timing ideas ( Django's tiger)
18 Example with phrasing and timing ( Django's tiger)
19 Playing melody off the beat ( Exactly like you)
20 Phrasing like a horn player ( breath ) ( Bb blues)
21 Fast songs
22 Bad Tiger Rag (chasing chords overplaying) ( no transcription )
23 Good Tiger Rag Melodic phrasing
24 Bad Fast song overplaying ( I wonder where my baby is tonight)
25 Good I wonder where my baby is tonight
Performance: Melancholy Baby
Just a Gigolo (preview)
Performance: China Boy
Performance: Honeysuckle Rose
Performance: I got rhythm
Performance: Clair de Lune
Performance: Blues in Bb
Performance: Dark Eyes
Performance: In My Solitude
Closing Outtakes

About the artist

@rino

Rino van Hooijdonk is a Dutch guitarist who plays in the style of Django Reinhardt. He learned to play in gypsy campsites in Holland, including a period when he played in a band with Stochelo Rosenberg and Nous'che Rosenberg as a teenager.

Rino is a respected guitarist in the international Django-style scene, and his playing is truer to Django’s sound than most. Rather than playing in the so-called “Dutch style” of gypsy jazz, full of diminished arpeggios, Rino echoes Django’s classic sound.

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