Daphne

Another Django Reinhardt tune.  Babik has arranged this one as part of our symphonic show.  The story I’ve heard about this song is that Django was goofing around by imitating the way Stephane Grappelli tuned his violin with harmonics and they came up with this melody.  The first 4 bars of each A section are usually played with harmonics on the violin: A = the harmonic above the 4th finger (in 1st position) on the D string, D = the harmonic above the 3rd finger, then the same on the A string for the second measure with the E being the 4th finger harmonic and the A with the 3rd on the A string.  If harmonics are too tough for you yet, just play the notes as written for now.  It will still be the same song!  ;~)

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3 Responses to Daphne

  1. Heidi Howard March 1, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    Wanted to learn this…but need some kind of audio track!

    • fiddlejamman March 1, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

      Thanks Heidi! I’m sure I have one in my system someplace. It’s a fun tune. I’ll get right on it!

      • fiddlejamman March 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

        Here’s a live recording from our Gypsy Jazz group “Babik’s” first CD (titled “Pronounced Bah-Beek”). We had our symphonic arrangement performance of this song with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on YouTube for a while, but it was “illegal” fan cell phone footage, and I think the BPO must have asked to have it removed? Too bad.

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