Level 4 Guitar Classes

This page is devoted to the Level 4 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

Daniel Givone — Baldwin Dining Room
Solos of the Masters
In this class students will look at key features of Matelot Ferret’s solo on ‘Dark Eyes’ from the album Manouche Partie, Django’s solos on ‘Clair de Lune’ and ‘Ou es tu mon Amour’, as well as one of Waso’s classic waltzes. Daniel will show what these rich materials can do for your improvisation, and guitar technique.

Noé Reinhardt — Baldwin HR
Jamming and Q&A with Noé Reinhardt
All Noé Reinhardt’s classes — at both 10 am and 1:30 pm — will be set up as very small group jams with room for discussion (with the help of Darius Scheider serving as translator and participant.) We will have a sign up sheet on or just outside his door (Baldwin 101) with spaces for no more than 4 people per time period. Have fun!

1:30-3:00pm

*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.

Daniel Givone — Baldwin Dining Room
Jamming and Q&A 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.

Noé Reinhardt — Baldwin HR
Jamming and Q&A with Noé Reinhardt
All Noé Reinhardt’s classes — at both 10 am and 1:30 pm — will be set up as very small group jams with room for discussion (with the help of Darius Scheider serving as translator and participant.) We will have a sign up sheet on or just outside his door (Baldwin 101) with spaces for no more than 4 people per time period. Have fun!

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
L4 Facilitated Jams

Daniel Givone — Baldwin Dining Room
Noé Reinhardt/Caroline Bugala — Baldwin HR

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

Romane — Baldwin Dining Room
La Valse des Niglos
Study with Romane and get his take on ‘Valse des Niglos’. Check out his recording of it on the album ‘Impair et Valse’, to hear how he gives this simple melody wings. Then, come to class and pick his brain about how he does it!

Noé Reinhardt — Baldwin HR
Jamming and Q&A with Noé Reinhardt
All Noé Reinhardt’s classes — at both 10 am and 1:30 pm — will be set up as very small group jams with room for discussion (with the help of Darius Scheider serving as translator and participant.) We will have a sign up sheet on or just outside his door (Baldwin 101) with spaces for no more than 4 people per time period. Have fun!

1:30-3:00pm

*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.

Romane — Baldwin Dining Room
Jamming and Q&A 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.

Noé Reinhardt — Baldwin HR
Jamming and Q&A with Noé Reinhardt
All Noé Reinhardt’s classes — at both 10 am and 1:30 pm — will be set up as very small group jams with room for discussion (with the help of Darius Scheider serving as translator and participant.) We will have a sign up sheet on or just outside his door (Baldwin 101) with spaces for no more than 4 people per time period. Have fun!

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
L4 Facilitated Jams

Romane/Michel Rosciglione — Baldwin Dining Room
Noé Reinhardt/Caroline Bugala — Baldwin HR

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

Noé Reinhardt — Baldwin HR
Jamming and Q&A with Noé Reinhardt
All Noé Reinhardt’s classes — at both 10 am and 1:30 pm — will be set up as very small group jams with room for discussion (with the help of Darius Scheider serving as translator and participant.) We will have a sign up sheet on or just outside his door (Baldwin 101) with spaces for no more than 4 people per time period. Have fun!

1:30-3:00pm

*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.

Samy Daussat — Baldwin Dining Room
Jamming and Q&A with Samy Daussat
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.

Noé Reinhardt — Baldwin HR
Jamming and Q&A with Noé Reinhardt
All Noé Reinhardt’s classes — at both 10 am and 1:30 pm — will be set up as very small group jams with room for discussion (with the help of Darius Scheider serving as translator and participant.) We will have a sign up sheet on or just outside his door (Baldwin 101) with spaces for no more than 4 people per time period. Have fun!

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
L4 Facilitated Jams

Samy Daussat — Baldwin Dining Room
Noé Reinhardt/Caroline Bugala — Baldwin HR

4:00-5:30pm
Special Topics

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

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

Noé Reinhardt — Baldwin HR
Jamming and Q&A with Noé Reinhardt
All Noé Reinhardt’s classes — at both 10 am and 1:30 pm — will be set up as very small group jams with room for discussion (with the help of Darius Scheider serving as translator and participant.) We will have a sign up sheet on or just outside his door (Baldwin 101) with spaces for no more than 4 people per time period. Have fun!

1:30-3:00pm

*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.

Costel Nitescu and Noé Reinhardt — Baldwin Dining Room
Jamming and Q&A
Noé and Costel will be closing out Django in June at tonight’s concert. Here’s a last chance to pick a tune — and pick their brains — in a relaxed setting before they head for home.

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