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Free jazz violin sheet music solo transcription

Download the 5-page Jazz violin solo transcription on Django Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing”, complete with bowings, for free, by leaving your email below. 

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About Minor Swing

Jazz Manouche or “Hot Club Jazz”, was developed in Paris during the 1930s by the Romani guitarist Django Reinhardt and French-Italian violinist Stéphane Grappelli. Their group “Quintette du Hot Club de France” was unusual in that it had no brass lead instruments nor drums, unlike most jazz groups of the 1930s. This was compensated by the guitar’s highly rhythmic playing style called “la pompe” (“the pump”). Their composition “minor swing” (“Mineur Swing”), recorded in 1937, is regarded as one of the pivotal recordings of Hot Club Jazz as well as (early)Violin Jazz. It is characterized by simple chord changes and a repetitive structure giving Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli the opportunity to showcase virtuosity through their solos.

How to Learn to Play Jazz Violin

Based on working as a Jazz violinist for 25 years and teaching hundreds of Jazz violin students, I have strong opinions on this subject. The best way to learn Jazz violin is with a practice routine that helps you build language, harmony, rhythm, and improvisation. These different skills can be integrated in some practice exercises, and should be sometimes kept separate. 


Playing Jazz violin solo transcriptions is an excellent strategy for musicians who are already good readers, because it makes it easy to develop Jazz melodic language. But it’s just one part of an overall strategy.

While the transcription in the minor swing violin sheet music above is difficult to play, studying it is a great way to improve your overall technique, hearing skills and knowledge of scales, arpeggios, bowing techniques and other elements essential in jazz and other styles. 

You can also play your own ideas against the minor swing backing track below in the Youtube playlist.

Looking for something less technically advanced?

Learn to play over the chords of Django Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing” in my free Youtube Play Along series below:

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