As we have since 2018, we’ll be offering a full day of facilitated jamming on this year’s Core Repertoire on Tuesday June 9, before Django Camp officially gets under way. We call that daylong warm-up, “Meet, Greet and Play All Day.” It provides a great way to get yourself connected with other campers and jamming before things get busy. You can learn more about this and other special Tuesday offerings here.
Our “Core Repertoire” consists of a collection of tunes you can use to prepare for Django Camp. If you don’t learn them, you won’t be alone and you’ll be fine. But if you do it will be that much easier to find people to jam with while you are here. And since the teachers know we’ve recommended these tunes to you they may choose to use them in their classes. So working on these songs well in advance of Django in June is a good investment of time and energy.
Our Core Repertoire is divided into two “tiers of standard Gypsy Jazz songs:
In 2018 Jack Soref put together a booklet of 24 Gypsy Jazz Standards available in three formats. Tier 1 is all about learning the most commonly known tunes, so we’ll use this booklet again in 2019. Download it here in the format of your choice, then read on for other resources we’re making available to help you learn them:
For everyone: Swing by this page for reference recordings and play-along rhythm tracks for all the tunes in that booklet:
For Rhythm Guitarists: Jack Soref has prepared a companion booklet for guitarists with some suggested chord voicings to use on each of the 24 GJ Standards. He has also produced a video with demos of many of these chord voicings and helpful pointers for people learning them for the first time. Here’s the link to the chord-shape companion booklet, and below that you have Jack’s video.
Immediately below this paragraph you see a bulleted list, yes? Each item in that list is a collection of the same set of songs, but in a different format. Choose the format you prefer and download the full packet of charts for the tunes.
Below this paragraph you see another list — this one of the Tier 2 tunes themselves. Follow any of those links for a little more info about the tune and some reference recordings. If you decide to take on learning any of these tunes you can trust you will have the opportunity to play them with others because this year Jack Soref will be leading hour-long evening jams on them. (He may offer walk-throughs as a Special Topic session or two as well.) These are great tunes, all drawn from the repertoire of our visiting artists. So if your GJ repertoire is getting a little musty…here’s your chance to freshen it up!