Adrian Holovaty (@adrian)

Guitar · Amsterdam

Gypsy-jazz guitarist and Soundslice developer. I post musical ideas and lick transcriptions here. More about me at holovaty.com.

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From a 1951 session with pianist Jess Stacy. I love these little three-note chords — they have that certain early-jazz-guitar sound. The move in bars 6-7 (then repeated in bar 17) is really nice in particular,… More…

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Here’s a little exercise I just came up with, to develop the dexterity for my third and fourth fingers. Lots of times these sorts of exercises aren’t very musical, so I wanted something that actually sounds… More…

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Take the Adrien Train! Lots of classic Adrien ideas in this single chorus. Live at Joe’s Pub in NYC, with Benoit Convert and special guest Cyrille Aimee. More…

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Nice break here from Gabe. More…

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A nice break here from Adrien, over “Cherokee.” More…

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From Django In June 2018. Video by Ric Molina. More…

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Here’s an excellent chord etude Angelo showed at Django In June 2018, which took place last week in Northampton, MA. If you don’t know Django In June, mark your calendar for next year — I highly recommend… More…

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Here’s my own fingerstyle arrangement of this great jazz standard. More…

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Excellent etude by Joe Giglio (http://www.joegiglio.com/) over the changes of “All The Things You Are.”… More…

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Here’s an etude I made for beginning gypsy-jazz guitarists. Note you can change the recording to only hear the rhythm guitar vs. lead guitar vs. full mix (for practicing!). More…

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So many great voicings and ideas in here from Adrien. More…

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Django did a lot of this kind of thing. I was playing around trying to see how far I could take it. More…

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Beautiful fingerstyle arrangement that I just *must* learn. More…

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So much awesomeness happening in this single chorus — rhythmic displacement, zany harmonization, then out of nowhere comes a super flourish. From the album “Wholly Cats,” recorded in 1995. More…

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Great jazz-blues playing from Hank on his album “The Unforgettable Guitar Of Hank Garland” from 1960. More…

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Nice intro here from Les Paul’s recording with Bing Crosby. More…

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Beautiful stuff from Angelo! More…

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I have no idea how I stumbled upon this accordion performance — somehow I discovered it in my “to-be-transcribed” list. But this ending is GREAT! And super fun and rewarding to transcribe stuff from different… More…

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Lovely turnaround from George’s 1967 recording of “Satin Doll” on the album Seven-String Guitar. Note I’ve transcribed it for a six-string guitar. More…

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The way Adrien ends this phrase made me smile. From “Django’s Tiger” on Adrien’s album Clins d'OEil. More…

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Just a little gypsy-jazz lick that fits nicely under the fingers. More…

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Some nice flowing playing from Antoine. More…

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I love these phrasing ideas. From my own video of the JazzFest Amsterdam concert, March 17, 2018. More…

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The diminished color in this intro is classic Django! More…