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Frank Hamilton Mystery of Django's Chords. oooooh! (38) RE: Mystery of Django's Chords. oooooh! 17 Dec 99

Thank you everyone for your nice words. Big Mick and all. I am most grateful.

Dis Disley has made quite a few nice recordings and Martin Taylor is an amazing guitarist as well. If you are interested in this style, John Larsen of Hot Club Recordings has quite an array of talent playing in this style from Hot Club of Norway. The Rosenburg Trio is great. Paul Mehling and the Hot Club of San Francisco is quite fine. This style is popular all over Europe and for some reason was never big in the States until just recently. Now with Harmonius Wail, Pearl Django and the Hot Club of Cowtown, we are starting to hear more here.

Also recommended is the accoustic jazz guitar of Marty Grosz, Howard Alden, and Pat Donahue(Priarie Home Companion). It would also be well to listen to Dick McDonough and Karl Kress for great accoustic jazz guitar duos.

Both Karl Kress and Marty Grosz use an entirely different guitar tuning. I think it runs something like this having been evolved from tenor banjo and plectrum. 6th string, Bb, 5th string, F, 4th string, C, 3rd string G, second string B and the first string D The top four strings are tuned like plectrum banjo tuning and the bottom four strings are tuned in fifths from the tenor banjo tuning.

Al Casey who played accoustic jazz guitar with Fats Waller is another great. The world of accoustic jazz guitar is being rediscovered and is quite wonderful. I personally prefer it to the electric guitar.


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