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    Any good resources for Dawg tabs or other mandolin books/sites for learning gypsy styles?

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    There is Dawg Jazz at acousticdisc.com.

    And the Django Facebook is available on the internet.

    And many players on Soundslice.

    And Stochelo Rosenberg academy courses.
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    I found a book about Stephane Grappelli's style and phrasing useful since he was the violinist in Django's Hot Club quintet. It is available through Mel Bay and I have no financial interest in making that recommendation.

    https://www.melbay.com/Products/2153...%20Violin.aspx

    Matt Flinner occasionally teaches a Gypsy Swing mandolin class amongst his regular rotation of classes. Send him an email and see when he will offer gypsy swing again: mattflinner.com

    Those are the two formal sources that I have used. I also listen to a LOT of gypsy jazz music, mostly guitarists because there aren't too many mandolinists doing that style. Jason Anick is one who does so he is good to search out on youtube. So is Isaac Eicher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    And the Django Facebook is available on the internet.
    I think you meant Django Fakebook, correct? Yeah, I downloaded that a while ago and it is good for the chords and basic melodies.

    I would be surprised if Django had a Facebook page! (Yes, I realize you made a typo.)

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    Dix Bruce has a few books on Gypsy mandolin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by James Vwaal View Post

    I would be surprised if Django had a Facebook page!
    You should check out his TikTok, he’s on fire over there! 🤣

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    I don't think there's a great single resource, but there are a lot of bits and pieces depending on what exactly you're looking for:

    David Grisman teaches a bunch of his older tunes on the old David Grisman Teaches Mandolin course from Homespun.

    Don Stiernberg's Soundslice Courses aren't specifically Gypsy Jazz or Dawg but applicable and his playing is more or less rooted in the same era as Django.

    Joe Walsh teaches a number of Grisman and Gypsy Jazz tunes in this Peghead Nation Course.

    Mike Marshall teaches some Dawg & swing tunes in his Artistworks course along with a ton of other useful information.

    There are a ton of Gypsy Jazz guitar (and violin) videos on Soundslice and DC Music School, but they're not specifically mandolin, so applying them would be more work.

    Isaac Eicher just recorded a series of videos for DC Music School which will probably be a great resource, but I don't know when they're going to be released.

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    Thanks everyone for all the great resources! Now to just find the time…

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    Sign up with Mike Marshall at Artistworks and he will hook you up

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    Here's something probably no one has seen on this site, from long ago: John McGann's Django print lesson for mandolin he offered us longer ago than I remember. Pre-dates all the latest video lessons, music subscription services, Patreon and the ever growing list of various resources.

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    Might be good to go to a gypsy violin site, check their notation, convert it to TAB and (important) try to figure out a Django style picking pattern.
    Plenty of teachers out there who would be happy to show you some standard examples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon DS View Post
    Might be good to go to a gypsy violin site, check their notation, convert it to TAB and (important) try to figure out a Django style picking pattern.
    Plenty of teachers out there who would be happy to show you some standard examples.
    There are also sources for transcriptions of Django's playing, which can be adapted to mandolin.

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