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Ragtime Annie

Ragtime Annie has come our way thanks to a member’s request of her favorite tune!  I have quite a few audio lesson and play-along tracks below, starting with  a talk-thru and super-slow version (1 & 2).  Always an excellent reference, the Fiddler’s FakeBook (Oak Publications) has a version that I’ve

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Beethoven’s Oven

Here’s a tune that I’ve become a bit enamored with lately.  It is the first section of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, the 2nd Movement.  I of course, had heard it many times before, but it didn’t really get on my radar for our uses here until hearing a Bashar (the spirit

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Dust in the Wind – Kansas

Here’s the perennial favorite progressive rock classic from 1978 that features a famous violin solo in the middle (~ 1:30 in the original recording) by the band Kansas… who are not surprisingly, from Kansas, USA.  I believe Lawrence, Kansas claims them as their own, or so people said when I

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Rhythm Futur

This is definitely one of the strangest tunes Django wrote.  I’m told it was the “B-side” of the “Nuage” vinyl record and is supposed to represent the horrors of war as opposed to Nuages cloud-like beauty.  My old Gyspy Jazz group “Babik” had both songs arranged for symphony orchestras to

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Back Door – Cajun Zydeco

Uptempo Cajun/Zydeco staple!  Basic 12 bar Blues form in the key of G.  EZ pentatonic-based melody leaves room for adding your own touches.  Check out the chart and Master Class video below for more info on that!  Have FUN! <<::>> Want to see all of this lesson?  Join us

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