Gypsy Jazz Boot Camp/Repertoire Workshop
Tracy Kim
Artichoke Community Music: On-Line Class (location map)
Sunday, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Start Date: Every Other Sunday starting 6/21
Duration: 80 mins
End Date: 08/02/20


This is an online Class via Zoom.  Once you register, you will receive a link and password to join in.  


This class is for the student who wishes to learn(or improve) Gypsy Jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt.  Taught by Tracy Kim, who has been teaching and playing this style for 20 years.

All Instruments are welcome to join in.  

Students will learn the most important songs of the Gypsy Jazz repertoire.  These songs have been especially selected by Tracy just for the beginner/intermediate players.

 improvise and to understand the sounds of Django Reinhardt and the Gypsy Jazz Style!  It is a combo of my many classes all in one.  The licks and exercises which we will use as a warmup.  Then, of course, application over a tune(often choose popular songs for GJ list) and then the jamming!  All in one session!  Below is a description:

Gypsy Jazz Boot Camp:

Here is the class you have been waiting for! This is an improvisation class with the goal to expand your technique, fretboard knowledge and visualization skills and also develop a strong foundation for targeting and embellishing chord tones. Drills, scales, arpeggios, licks, and tricks are all presented in the class. Tabs will be used for guitarists and mandolinists. Standard notation for all other instruments.

Gypsy Jazz Boot Camp is designed to allow you to improvise over any chord or chord progression at any time. Tracy Kim has been playin and teaching Gypsy Jazz for about 20 years. He has developed a method using particular exercises and licks that will teach the student how to simplify their thinking and focus on playing lyrical, melodic, and swinging improvisations in the style of Django Reinhardt. 

These concepts will be applied immediately to many tunes, including: 
Minor Swing, Dark Eyes, Avalon, Sweet Georgia Brown, Djangology, Bossa Dorado, Exactly Like You, After You've Gone, Chinatown, I'll See You in My Dreams, It Don't Mean a Thing, Caravan, and many more. A special lesson will be on Django licks and his unique devices(Whole Tone Scale, Diminshed Arpegggios, Chromaticism, Open String licks). 

Tracy will be using etudes created by himself, as well as solos from Django, Bireli, Stochelo, Romane, Jimmy Rosenberg, Tchavalo, Christiaan van Hemert, Angelo Debarre, Gonzalo, and Andreas Oberg.  Lots of great material to practice!

Gypsy Jazz Repertoire

Whether you have already attended some of Portland's various Gypsy Jazz Jams or would like to in the future, this class will prepare/aid you in many ways. 

Tracy Kim has hosted the Gypsy Jazz Jam Workshop for over 8 years in the Portland area.

In this class, Tracy gives insight on the following topics: 

-Jam session etiquette 
-Learn the Core repertoire for Gypsy Jazz (chords, melody, soloing, and analysis of song)
-Following and understanding song forms(how not to get lost!) 
-Trading licks, twos, fours, eights. 
-Building lick repertoire and some easy soloing tricks and concepts written in Tracy's various etudes(will be passed out in class) 
-Learn common song forms and progressions and how they can applied to countless other tunes! 
-How to sight read charts(learn to analyze quickly and simplify/memorize tunes) 
-Techniques on learning melodies 

The songs chosen for the class are popular tunes often called at jam sessions.

Here is a sample list: 

Minor Swing 
Swing 48 
Swing 42 
Limehouse Blues 
Sweet Georgia Brown 
After You've Gone 
I'll See You in My Dreams 
Sweet Sue 
September Song 
Blues Skies 
Bossa Dorado 
For Sephora 
Autumn Leaves 
Lulu Swing 
All of Me 
Exactly Like You 
I Can't Give You Anything But Love 
Lady Be Good 
Blues for Ike 

Douce Ambiance

Blue Drag



Please contact Tracy via email: if you have questions

Upcoming Meetings
07/19/20    1:00 PM Sunday 07/19/20 1:00 PM
08/02/20    11:30 AM Sunday 08/02/20 11:30 AM