Level 3 Guitar Classes

This page is devoted to the Level 3 classes being offered at 10 and 1:30. To find links to other time periods or classes at other levels, please see the Schedule Overview page.

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Wednesday

10:00-11:30am
Rhythm Guitar

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
Rhythm Styles Showcase
An in depth look at various rhythm guitar styles and ways to play them including swing, bossas, ballads, rhumbas, choros, waltzes, and more.

Martin Gioani Gillett Parlor
Make the rhythm section swing
Sound of La Pompe / sync of rhythm players / few variations : these are key notions to make a band swing. I’ll show you how to do that.

Denis Chang — Northrop Basement
Rhythm with Denis
My classes will always depend on who shows up, their level, and what they want to learn but here are topics we can cover: timing, secret techniques that Gypsies use but most people don’t know (including the Gypsy musicians themslves 😉 ) , advanced chord voicings with voice leading, basslines, etc.

Brad Brose — Northrop Living Room
Arranging the tune
Intros/outros,breaks, hits. Communicating with the bassist.

Samy Daussat — Gillett Dining Room
Rhythm with Samy
Those who were here in 2016 will be happy to hear that Samy Daussat will be back by popular demand in 2019. When last we saw Samy he was among our most well-received teachers. He was best known for many years as a sideman for a who’s who of Gypsy jazz: Babik Reinhardt, Raphaël Faÿs, Moreno, Patrick Saussois, Tchavolo Schmitt, David Reinhardt, Angelo Debarre. Samy has published and produced many wonderful books, videos, and workshops establishing him as one of the foremost educators in this style.

Romane — Northrop Dining Room
Rhythm with Romane
Romane’s works represent nothing less than a milestone in the history of Gypsy jazz. Grandson, son and father of guitarists, he was trained in the Old School—at home and at la Chope des Puces by Mondine Garcia alongside Mondine’s son, Ninine. Now virtually anyone would count him among the most influential musicians and teachers of the Gypsy jazz community.

1:30-3:00pm
Lead Guitar

*Note: for students interested in studying rhythm Thomas Le Briz will be offering a different rhythm class each day in the Gillett Basement during this period.

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
How To Get Good Tone
In this workshop, we’ll work on how to produce the best sound for you and your instrument through technique.

Martin Gioani Gillett Parlor
Licks or “real” improvisation?
Licks AND unplanned improvisation are always mixed in a solo : we’ll see how you can think it and how do it properly to make great music

Denis Chang — Northrop Basement
Lead with Denis
As with the rhythm class, everything will ultimately depend on the level of the actual participants and what they wish to learn. Usually at level 3, you know quite a number of standards, and have a basic grasp of improvisation, so we can work on some slightly more advanced improvisation concepts and exercises. I often use chord melodies as a way to explain my improv approach. I can also talk about how most jazz solos (certainly Django’s) can be reduced to a few shapes.

Brad Brose — Northrop Living Room
Importance of Articulation
How to get that mysterious Django quality in your sound.

Samy Daussat — Gillett Dining Room
Lead with Samy
Those who were here in 2016 will be happy to hear that Samy Daussat will be back by popular demand in 2019. When last we saw Samy he was among our most well-received teachers. He was best known for many years as a sideman for a who’s who of Gypsy jazz: Babik Reinhardt, Raphaël Faÿs, Moreno, Patrick Saussois, Tchavolo Schmitt, David Reinhardt, Angelo Debarre. Samy has published and produced many wonderful books, videos, and workshops establishing him as one of the foremost educators in this style.

Romane — Northrop Dining Room
Lead with Romane
Romane’s works represent nothing less than a milestone in the history of Gypsy jazz. Grandson, son and father of guitarists, he was trained in the Old School—at home and at la Chope des Puces by Mondine Garcia alongside Mondine’s son, Ninine. Now virtually anyone would count him among the most influential musicians and teachers of the Gypsy jazz community.

Rhythm w/ Thomas Le Briz Gillett Basement
The Fundamentals of Accompaniment
Body position. Holding the pick. Swing on different tempos. Settings of a gypsy guitar.

4:00-5:30pm
L3 Facilitated Jams

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
Martin Gioani
— Gillett Parlor
William Brunard/Costel Nitescu — Northrop Basement
Aaron Weinstein— Northrop Living Room
Samy Daussat — Gillett Dining Room
Romane/Michel Rosciglione — Northrop Dining Room

4:00-5:30pm
Special Topics

Erwan Mellec/Thomas Le Briz — Gillett Basement
Jo Privat Jam!
Explore the fun, and surprisingly accessible, repertoire of Jo Privat with Erwan and Thomas. 

Denis Chang — Unity Left
Playing the Changes (for all instruments)
In this special offering, I’d like to talk to you about the concept of playing the changes. A lot of violinists are afraid of learning to play the changes, There are many subtleties behind this expression: does playing the changes mean that you play each and every chord? Not necessarily! It’s about understanding cadences.

Christine Tassan/Alicia Baker — Lamont Large Dining Room
French Chansons
Christine and Alicia will lead a special jam session focusing on singing French songs like ‘Que Reste-t-il de nos Amours’ and ‘La Vie En Rose’. 

Thursday

10:00-11:30am
Rhythm Guitar

Romane — Northrop Dining Room
Rhythm with Romane
Romane’s works represent nothing less than a milestone in the history of Gypsy jazz. Grandson, son and father of guitarists, he was trained in the Old School—at home and at la Chope des Puces by Mondine Garcia alongside Mondine’s son, Ninine. Now virtually anyone would count him among the most influential musicians and teachers of the Gypsy jazz community.

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
Time Keeping 101
Ever notice how most jam session songs slow down? Learn how to avoid it with practical tips on how to improve your sense of time.

Martin Gioani Gillett Parlor
Finding coherence in rhythm section variations
How and when you get in/out of the rythm section and how you create variations must be based on a musical intention

Denis Chang — Northrop Basement
Rhythm with Denis
My classes will always depend on who shows up, their level, and what they want to learn but here are topics we can cover: timing, secret techniques that Gypsies use but most people don’t know (including the Gypsy musicians themslves 😉 ) , advanced chord voicings with voice leading, basslines, etc.

Brad Brose — Northrop Living Room
Transposing Tunes
Guide to transposing into other keys

Samy Daussat — Gillett Dining Room
Rhythm with Samy
Those who were here in 2016 will be happy to hear that Samy Daussat will be back by popular demand in 2019. When last we saw Samy he was among our most well-received teachers. He was best known for many years as a sideman for a who’s who of Gypsy jazz: Babik Reinhardt, Raphaël Faÿs, Moreno, Patrick Saussois, Tchavolo Schmitt, David Reinhardt, Angelo Debarre. Samy has published and produced many wonderful books, videos, and workshops establishing him as one of the foremost educators in this style.

Daniel Givone — Gillett Living Room
Rhythm with Daniel Givone
Daniel Givone, has spent many years, touring, recording, jamming and performing with musicians deep within the Jazz Manouche tradition. It is a rich well of experience that you can hear in his own wonderful playing. In the United States however, he is perhaps best known by virtue of his published instructional materials, including La Guitare Manouche and the Gypsy Guitar Songbook. The books sprung from the private lessons he has given for years, so at DiJ you’ll have the benefit of his experience both as a performer and instructor.

1:30-3:00pm
Lead Guitar

*Note: for students interested in studying rhythm Thomas Le Briz will be offering a different rhythm class each day in the Gillett Basement during this period.

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
Phrasing 101
How to turn stock phrases and licks into music through articulation, vibrato, bends, slides, and more.

Martin Gioani Gillett Parlor
How to use and practice arpeggios and scales
Arpeggios and scales are useful in music and in gypsy jazz : we’ll see how to rely on them just enough, and how to learn them properly and little by little.

Denis Chang — Northrop Basement
Lead with Denis
As with the rhythm class, everything will ultimately depend on the level of the actual participants and what they wish to learn. Usually at level 3, you know quite a number of standards, and have a basic grasp of improvisation, so we can work on some slightly more advanced improvisation concepts and exercises. I often use chord melodies as a way to explain my improv approach. I can also talk about how most jazz solos (certainly Django’s) can be reduced to a few shapes.

Brad Brose — Northrop Living Room
Substitutions Crash Course
…temporarily ignoring the changes.

Samy Daussat — Gillett Dining Room
Lead with Samy
Those who were here in 2016 will be happy to hear that Samy Daussat will be back by popular demand in 2019. When last we saw Samy he was among our most well-received teachers. He was best known for many years as a sideman for a who’s who of Gypsy jazz: Babik Reinhardt, Raphaël Faÿs, Moreno, Patrick Saussois, Tchavolo Schmitt, David Reinhardt, Angelo Debarre. Samy has published and produced many wonderful books, videos, and workshops establishing him as one of the foremost educators in this style.

Daniel Givone — Gillett Living Room
Lead with Daniel Givone
Daniel Givone, has spent many years, touring, recording, jamming and performing with musicians deep within the Jazz Manouche tradition. It is a rich well of experience that you can hear in his own wonderful playing. In the United States however, he is perhaps best known by virtue of his published instructional materials, including La Guitare Manouche and the Gypsy Guitar Songbook. The books sprung from the private lessons he has given for years, so at DiJ you’ll have the benefit of his experience both as a performer and instructor.

Rhythm w/ Thomas Le Briz Gillett Basement
The Fundamentals of Accompaniment on a Waltz
Study on the accompaniment of waltzes. Traditional, modern, bass parts … Bass exercises “en butée”.

4:00-5:30pm
L3 Facilitated Jams

Max O’Rourke/Giacomo Smith — Northrop Study
Martin Gioani
— Gillett Parlor
William Brunard/Costel Nitescu — Northrop Basement
Aaron Weinstein— Northrop Living Room
Samy Daussat — Gillett Dining Room
Daniel Givone — Gillett Living Room

4:00-5:30pm
Special Topics

Erwan Mellec/Thomas Le Briz — Gillett Basement
Jo Privat Jam!
Explore the fun, and surprisingly accessible, repertoire of Jo Privat with Erwan and Thomas. 

Denis Chang — Unity Left
Violin Workshop
A lot of violinists are afraid of learning the chords to songs, preferring to play by “instinct”. While I agree that playing by instinct is important, that does not mean that you ignore the harmonies. In this special offering, I hope to offer some tips to make learning to play the changes less intimidating.

Christine Tassan/Alicia Baker — Lamont Large Dining Room
Accordion and Guitar!
Christine and Alicia will lead a special jam with a focus on the interplay between the accordion and guitar.

Greg Ruby — Talbot Living Room
Oscar Aleman L3 & L4
Oscar Alemán’s accompaniment: This class will look at Oscar’s unique approach to using rhythm, arpeggios, chordal accents and ostinato figures to back up a soloist.

Friday

10:00-11:30am
Rhythm Guitar

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
Voice Leading And Harmony For The Rhythm Guitar
We’ll work on how to move fluidly through different chords progressions and tunes, how to unlock new voicings, and how to begin improvising and making music as a rhythm guitar player.

Samy Daussat — Gillett Dining Room
Rhythm with Samy
Samy Daussat  served for many years as a rhythm guitarist for a who’s who of Gypsy jazz: Babik Reinhardt, Raphaël Faÿs, Moreno,  Angelo Debarre and many others. Come hear what he thinks most important. 

Martin Gioani Gillett Parlor
Starting, ending, arranging a tune in a jam
Knowing common arrangements tips and communicating well can make an umprepared tune sound like a rehearsed tune

Denis Chang — Northrop Basement
Rhythm with Denis
My classes will always depend on who shows up, their level, and what they want to learn but here are topics we can cover: timing, secret techniques that Gypsies use but most people don’t know (including the Gypsy musicians themslves 😉 ) , advanced chord voicings with voice leading, basslines, etc.

Brad Brose — Northrop Living Room
Practice Techniques
Techniques to work on your rhythm when you’re home alone

Daniel Givone — Gillett Living Room
Rhythm with Daniel Givone
Daniel Givone is best known in the US by virtue of his published instructional materials. At DiJ you’ll have the benefit of his experience both as a performer and instructor.

Romane — Northrop Dining Room
Rhythm with Romane
Romane’s works represent nothing less than a milestone in the history of Gypsy jazz. Grandson, son and father of guitarists, he was trained in the Old School—at home and at la Chope des Puces by Mondine Garcia alongside Mondine’s son, Ninine. Now virtually anyone would count him among the most influential musicians and teachers of the Gypsy jazz community.

1:30-3:00pm
Lead Guitar

*Note: for students interested in studying rhythm Thomas Le Briz will be offering a different rhythm class each day in the Gillett Basement during this period.

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
Voice Leading And Harmony For Lead Guitar
How to break away from licks and solo through chord changes.

Martin Gioani Gillett Parlor
Transcribing Django, really?
Transcribing means learning directly from the music! But it’s hard work. We’ll see how to approach it slowly and how to do it properly.

Denis Chang — Northrop Basement
Lead with Denis
As with the rhythm class, everything will ultimately depend on the level of the actual participants and what they wish to learn. Usually at level 3, you know quite a number of standards, and have a basic grasp of improvisation, so we can work on some slightly more advanced improvisation concepts and exercises. I often use chord melodies as a way to explain my improv approach. I can also talk about how most jazz solos (certainly Django’s) can be reduced to a few shapes.

Brad Brose — Northrop Living Room
Importance of Tone
Importance of tone and how to work on it.

Daniel Givone — Gillett Living Room
Lead with Daniel Givone
Daniel Givone, has spent many years, touring, recording, jamming and performing with musicians deep within the Jazz Manouche tradition. It is a rich well of experience that you can hear in his own wonderful playing. In the United States however, he is perhaps best known by virtue of his published instructional materials, including La Guitare Manouche and the Gypsy Guitar Songbook. The books sprung from the private lessons he has given for years, so at DiJ you’ll have the benefit of his experience both as a performer and instructor.

Romane — Northrop Dining Room
Lead with Romane
Romane’s works represent nothing less than a milestone in the history of Gypsy jazz. Grandson, son and father of guitarists, he was trained in the Old School—at home and at la Chope des Puces by Mondine Garcia alongside Mondine’s son, Ninine. Now virtually anyone would count him among the most influential musicians and teachers of the Gypsy jazz community.

Rhythm w/ Thomas Le Briz Gillett Basement
La Valse des Niglos
Study of harmonic variations on a minor waltz. Substitution chords, passing chords, chromatic bass lines…

4:00-5:30pm
L3 Facilitated Jams

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
Martin Gioani
— Gillett Parlor
William Brunard/Costel Nitescu — Northrop Basement
Aaron Weinstein— Northrop Living Room
Darius Scheider — Gillett Living Room
Giacomo Smith — Gillett Dining Room

4:00-5:30pm
Special Topics

Michel Mercier — Talbot Parlor
Special Guitar Effects
Michel’s tricks and licks for lively solos.

Ric Molina — Talbot Basement
Demystifying Diminished
We will make sense of what a diminished idea is and how to really make it part of our bag.

Denis Chang — Unity Left
Ear Training
In this special offering, I’d like to talk to you about how I transcribe, and how I learned how to improvise by transcribing. Ultimately, doing a lot of this develops your ears so that you begin to intrinsically understand music without necessarily knowing theory. I will explain the entire process behind this.

Christine Tassan/Alicia Baker — Lamont Large Dining Room
French Chansons
Christine and Alicia will lead a special jam session focusing on singing French songs like ‘Que Reste-t-il de nos Amours’ and ‘La Vie En Rose’. 

Saturday

10:00-11:30am
Rhythm Guitar

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
Rhythm Guitar and Comping For Lead Guitar
In this workshop, we’ll work on how to push a soloist and amp up a song by using different techniques such as comping, tremolo, stabs, counter lines, and more.

Martin Gioani Gillett Parlor
Complementary rhythms for 2nd rhythm player
Playing variations or comping is not easy and requires a great guitar knowledge and a great musical awareness : I’ll give you some tips on how to do that.

Denis Chang — Northrop Basement
Rhythm with Denis
My classes will always depend on who shows up, their level, and what they want to learn but here are topics we can cover: timing, secret techniques that Gypsies use but most people don’t know (including the Gypsy musicians themslves 😉 ) , advanced chord voicings with voice leading, basslines, etc.

Brad Brose — Northrop Living Room
What the best lead players look for in a rhythm player
What the best lead players look for in a rhythm player.

Daniel Givone — Gillett Living Room
Rhythm with Daniel Givone
Daniel Givone, has spent many years, touring, recording, jamming and performing with musicians deep within the Jazz Manouche tradition. It is a rich well of experience that you can hear in his own wonderful playing. In the United States however, he is perhaps best known by virtue of his published instructional materials, including La Guitare Manouche and the Gypsy Guitar Songbook. The books sprung from the private lessons he has given for years, so at DiJ you’ll have the benefit of his experience both as a performer and instructor.

Samy Daussat — Gillett Dining Room
Rhythm with Samy
Those who were here in 2016 will be happy to hear that Samy Daussat will be back by popular demand in 2019. When last we saw Samy he was among our most well-received teachers. He was best known for many years as a sideman for a who’s who of Gypsy jazz: Babik Reinhardt, Raphaël Faÿs, Moreno, Patrick Saussois, Tchavolo Schmitt, David Reinhardt, Angelo Debarre. Samy has published and produced many wonderful books, videos, and workshops establishing him as one of the foremost educators in this style.

Romane — Northrop Dining Room
Rhythm with Romane
Romane’s works represent nothing less than a milestone in the history of Gypsy jazz. Grandson, son and father of guitarists, he was trained in the Old School—at home and at la Chope des Puces by Mondine Garcia alongside Mondine’s son, Ninine. Now virtually anyone would count him among the most influential musicians and teachers of the Gypsy jazz community.

1:30-3:00pm
Lead Guitar

*Note: for students interested in studying rhythm Thomas Le Briz will be offering a different rhythm class each day in the Gillett Basement during this period.

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
How To Use Chords In A Solo
Learn how to interweave chords into your solos seamlessly.

Martin Gioani Gillett Parlor
Finding and playing beautiful melodies
Whatever your level is you should spend some time looking for beautiful melodies. In this course we’ll see how to do this fundamental and hard task.

Denis Chang — Northrop Basement
Lead with Denis
As with the rhythm class, everything will ultimately depend on the level of the actual participants and what they wish to learn. Usually at level 3, you know quite a number of standards, and have a basic grasp of improvisation, so we can work on some slightly more advanced improvisation concepts and exercises. I often use chord melodies as a way to explain my improv approach. I can also talk about how most jazz solos (certainly Django’s) can be reduced to a few shapes.

Brad Brose — Northrop Living Room
Lead Comping
…accompanying a violinist/clarinetist

Daniel Givone — Gillett Living Room
Lead with Daniel Givone
Daniel Givone, has spent many years, touring, recording, jamming and performing with musicians deep within the Jazz Manouche tradition. It is a rich well of experience that you can hear in his own wonderful playing. In the United States however, he is perhaps best known by virtue of his published instructional materials, including La Guitare Manouche and the Gypsy Guitar Songbook. The books sprung from the private lessons he has given for years, so at DiJ you’ll have the benefit of his experience both as a performer and instructor.

Samy Daussat — Gillett Dining Room
Lead with Samy
Those who were here in 2016 will be happy to hear that Samy Daussat will be back by popular demand in 2019. When last we saw Samy he was among our most well-received teachers. He was best known for many years as a sideman for a who’s who of Gypsy jazz: Babik Reinhardt, Raphaël Faÿs, Moreno, Patrick Saussois, Tchavolo Schmitt, David Reinhardt, Angelo Debarre. Samy has published and produced many wonderful books, videos, and workshops establishing him as one of the foremost educators in this style.

Romane — Northrop Dining Room
Lead with Romane
Romane’s works represent nothing less than a milestone in the history of Gypsy jazz. Grandson, son and father of guitarists, he was trained in the Old School—at home and at la Chope des Puces by Mondine Garcia alongside Mondine’s son, Ninine. Now virtually anyone would count him among the most influential musicians and teachers of the Gypsy jazz community.

Rhythm w/ Thomas Le Briz Gillett Basement
Mysterieuse
Study of harmonic variations on the waltz “Mysterieuse”. Substitution of chords, passing chords, chromatic bass lines…

4:00-5:30pm
Facilitated Jams & Special Topics

For offerings during this period please see this page:
4:00-5:30 PM Facilitated Jams and Special Topics