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Just wondering if anyone is familiar with the Gypsy Jazz style of playing. A local group just started up, though I really don't know what it is exactly. Out of about 40 members so far, I seem to be the only piano player there signed up. Oh, well.. sounds like fun.
Loc: Leicester, UK
Originally Posted By: Elssa
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If you live in/near large metro area, chances are there's a local group playing this. for example in my area (the Bay Area) there is a group called Gypsy Tribe who play every week at local bars/restaurants and such. This type of music tends to focus on guitar (as you would imagine) but the keyboardist in the group uses a 70s electric piano/electric organ sound - using basic jazz chords (nothing far out) and for her solos she chooses either a minor blues scale or running up and down the diatonic scale - and this fits in well with the music.
That's interesting..The organizer, Tara, plays guitar and mandolin, and most of the people who signed up play guitar. Well, I can play some jazz chords, blues scales, etc., on keyboard. I'm really not looking to solo much at all - just want to contribute a little to the group and have fun with it while I'm learning the style. She said she wanted it to be mainly an acoustic group but guess she/they won't mind if I bring along my little Yamaha (there's no acoustic piano in the restaurant).