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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by posttoastie, Jun 24, 2021.
If you try to play Django leads (assuming you can), you'll find that many of the things he does are easier to play with two fingers. He made excellent use of his available resources. And one should never minimize the contributions of Stephane Grappelli, there was never a better gypsy jazz violinist. But, you gotta love Bireli Lagrene.
Clearly, I need to smoke more.
Django and Stephane are like peanut butter and jelly. I can't imagine one without the other.
I was introduced to Django by one of my guitar teachers when I was 18.
He knocked Peter Frampton and Steely Dan right off my turntable.
I obsessively collected his vinyl albums for the next dozen years.
Such a great, humorous, passionate, playful and brilliant guy.
No way having an essentially mellted fretting hand was going to slow him down.
Thank you, Jean Baptiste!
I've read that he sometimes used his "dead" fingers in chord fingerings, but never seen it in the few films available.
Coincidentally, today is Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, the Fête nationale du Québec.
I know this because the last time I was in Montreal on this day my car was keyed because of its Ontario plates.
I’ve read the same thing.
What a player and musician. Thankfully the guitar won his heart and he left the banjo behind.
It's that bad up there? Still??
Too bad they can't learn something from the US, where we celebrate our differences and embrace all in the spit of brotherhood.
No, that happened years ago. It ebbs and flows but it's a non-issue now.
I can't wait for the border to open so that I can commence to huggin'
When l was 20 or so, I fell off a roof. Thankfully it was only one story down. On my way down, I naturally grabbed anything I could. It happened to be the gutter. So l took a good chunk out of my index and middle finger on my fretting hand. Almost needed a skin graft. Took forever to heal. Anyways, that's the time when I picked up a slide and learned to use my two other fingers a lot better. Wish l got as good as Django . All being said, it's amazing what you will do when you have a passion for something. I think if I lost my hands I would find a way to make music somehow. It's in our blood isn't it?
I feel better about not using my pinky now, thanks.
Iirc the Stan Ayeroff book of transcribed DR solos is in two parts.
1. The Solos
2. The Solos with suggested 2 finger positions and noted fingerings.