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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.

 I incorporated some hot club cliches into the solo, but mostly played whatever inspired me. 

While this violin solo is a difficult piece, 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 stand alone 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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