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Biréli Lagrène: Voilà!

 

Who do you think is one of the most influential European jazz guitarist of the past few decades?

Have you ever wondered which guitarist would have the honor to be on that list?

We will give you one hint…

Who is able to perform and shine in such a vast amount of styles ranging from Gypsy Jazz, Straight Ahead Jazz, Bebop, all the way to Jazz Rock?

He has performed in front of COUNTLESS people and filled up BIG halls and festivals since he was literally a child.

His credits of who he has played and performed with range from artists like Benny Goodman, Stéphane Grappelli, Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucía, John McLaughlin, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Benny Carter, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Larry Coryell, Stanley Jordan and countless more.

The reality is that he has been fascinating audiences probably even LONG BEFORE you were born, and he continues to do so.

Now let that sink in for a second….

You already know who we are talking about here.

You guessed that one right!

French Jazz guitar legend Bireli Lagrene.

Discovered and treated as a child prodigy, he stunned audiences worldwide with his traditional Gypsy Jazz style playing and flashy Django Reinhardt lines from a very young age.

Now, this is where the unusual mystery starts building.

Child prodigies are prone to myths.

Wouldn’t you agree?

This is the typical material legends are being told and made of.

But If there is one guitarist that comes close to being a modern day Mozart on the guitar who originated from the European continent, it’s gotta be Bireli Lagrene.

Even today, where he has matured and aged and his boy-wonder years have been gone for a long time, there is still that special aura of exceptionality that surrounds him when you meet him.

Playing every style so unbelievably and at the same time convincingly as he is “at home” with it.

His skills and spontaneity with the instrument are simply MIND BLOWING!

We can’t forget to mention at this point that he is also able to play the bass and violin like a wizard, but that’s a different topic for another day.

You just subconsciously and inevitably ask yourself all the time ….

“How is it possible that somebody got to that level of artistry?”

Or…

“ What steps do I have to take to achieve that routine and mastery on my instrument?”

You might say: “There is NO WAY I will ever be able to reach that level of playing in my lifetime!”

We hear you…

And the bad news is that it might be a little bit too late for you to be counted and viewed as a child prodigy at this point in your life.

But the good news is…

It’s ALL learnable.

Bireli will take you step by step into his body of knowledge.

Bireli is the specimen and natural transition of what a contemporary player would sound like while respecting the traditions and roots of the Gypsy Jazz at the same time.

Let Bireli himself convince you that all these myths about talent and child prodigy’s are overrated and that there is a clear pattern for everything.

Let Bireli prove to you that you can create your own legend by knowing what to focus on and what’s important.

He will demonstrate for you a clear path on the guitar for you to follow.

Be mentored by a giant like him.

TAGA Publishing proudly presents an IN DEPTH view into Bireli Lagrene’s guitar playing

Bireli did and still does represent the culture of traditional Gypsy style guitar playing to the fullest.

He is known for being a representative of the tradition and preserving it at it’s best, but don’t get fooled, there is  MUCH more to discover.

He is a living dictionary of musical wisdom from traditional and modern playing styles.

Imagine him being a strong tree where the countless boughs represent styles of playing, but they are still just an extension of his solid and true identity.

 

Topics and methods presented in the first “Bebop” part of the course where Bireli plays electric guitar include:

  • Importance of “Rhythm changes”
  • Basic chord changes for “I’ve Got Rhythm”
  • Countless chord variations for the A section of “I’ve Got Rhythm”
  • Even more chords for the B section of “I’ve Got Rhythm”
  • Solo concepts and improvisation ideas with MANY examples
  • Line playing
  • Solo variations for “I’ve Got Rhythm”
  • “Putting it all together” demonstration on how to combine all discussed ideas and material
  • and much MUCH more….

 

In the second part of our interactive video course, Bireli shares priceless insights and methods to help you discover and get started in the following:

  •  Basic rhythms used in “Gypsy Jazz” style of accompaniment
  • “Must know vocabulary” to improvise in the “Gypsy Jazz” style  
  • “Putting it all together” demonstration on how to combine all discussed ideas and material

 

Very much the same approach to topics he used to achieve his own mastery of the instrument and unparalleled success as a professional musician.

 

All of the performances are tabbed out and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. 

You’ll also get supported by the newest Soundslice technology.  The cursor automatically follows the tab and notation so that you can play, speed up or slow down, loop, and even see a virtual fretboard,  WHILE you work through the material.

Biréli Lagrène: Voilà! is a dream come true for all of us here at tagapublishing.com

We can’t thank Bireli enough for trusting us with the project and we are thrilled to present to you the most in detail blueprint to Bireli’s genius.

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Course Curriculum

1. Rhythm Changes Introduction
1.1 Playing Introduction 00:01:32
1.2 Introduction by Biréli Lagrène 00:00:19
2. Rhythm Changes Basic Chords
2.1 Rhythm Changes A Section Chords 00:00:48
2.2 Rhythm Changes B Section Chords 00:00:37
2.3 Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Chords 00:01:03
3. Rhythm Changes A Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations
3.1 A Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Introduction 00:00:05
3.2 Rhythm Changes A Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 1 00:00:22
3.3 Rhythm Changes A Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 2 00:00:24
3.4 Rhythm Changes A Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 3 00:00:22
3.5 Rhythm Changes A Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 4 00:00:22
3.6 Rhythm Changes A Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 5 00:00:22
3.7 Rhythm Changes A Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 6 00:00:18
3.8 Rhythm Changes A Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 7 00:00:23
4. Rhythm Changes B Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations
4.1 Rhythm Changes B Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Introduction/Example 1 00:00:31
4.2 Rhythm Changes B Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 2 00:00:20
4.3 Rhythm Changes B Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 3 00:00:22
4.4 Rhythm Changes B Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 4 00:00:20
4.5 Rhythm Changes B Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 5 00:00:22
4.6 Rhythm Changes B Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 6 00:00:23
4.7 Rhythm Changes B Section Rhythmic and Harmonic Variations Example 7 00:00:22
5. Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Examples
5.1 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Examples Introduction 00:00:08
5.2 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 1 00:00:16
5.3 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 2 00:00:19
5.4 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 3 00:00:21
5.5 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 4 00:00:21
5.6 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 5 00:00:22
5.7 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 6 00:00:20
5.8 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 7 00:00:21
5.9 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 8 00:00:21
5.10 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 9 00:00:16
5.11 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 10 00:00:16
5.12 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 11 00:00:19
5.13 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 12 00:00:17
5.14 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 13 00:00:17
5.15 Rhythm Changes A Section Improvisation Example 14 00:00:17
6. Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Examples
6.1 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Examples Introduction 00:00:11
6.2 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 1 00:00:20
6.3 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 2 00:00:18
6.4 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 3 00:00:20
6.5 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 4 00:00:21
6.6 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 5 00:00:17
6.7 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 6 00:00:21
6.8 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 7 00:00:19
6.9 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 8 00:00:21
6.10 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 9 00:00:18
6.11 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 10 00:00:18
6.12 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 11 00:00:20
6.13 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 12 00:00:22
6.14 Rhythm Changes B Section Improvisation Example 13 00:00:20
7. Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Improvisation Examples
7.1 Putting It All Together Introduction 00:00:12
7.2 Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Improvisation Example 1 00:01:02
7.3 Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Improvisation Example 2 00:00:59
7.4 Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Improvisation Example 3 00:00:58
7.5 Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Improvisation Example 4 00:00:48
7.6 Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Improvisation Example 5 00:00:48
7.7 Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Improvisation Example 6 00:00:33
7.8 Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Improvisation Example 7 00:00:33
7.9 Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Improvisation Example 8 00:00:38
7.10 Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Improvisation Example 9 00:00:39
7.11 Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Improvisation Example 10 00:00:27
7.12 Rhythm Changes Whole Tune Improvisation Example 11 00:00:29
8. Rhythm Changes Conclusion
8.1 Outro Talking 00:00:29
8.2 Rhythm Changes Outro Playing 00:02:53
9. Django Reinhardt Style Introduction
9.1 Django Reinhardt Style Talking Introduction 00:00:07
9.2 Django Reinhardt Style Playing Introduction 00:01:06
9.3 A Brief History of the Django Reinhardt Style 00:01:16
10. Django Reinhardt Style Rhythmic Examples
10.1 Django Reinhardt Style Rhythmic Examples Introduction 00:00:11
10.2 Django Reinhardt Style Rhythmic Example 1 00:00:14
10.3 Django Reinhardt Style Rhythmic Example 2 00:00:51
10.4 Django Reinhardt Style Rhythmic Example 3 00:00:50
10.5 Django Reinhardt Style Rhythmic Example 4 00:00:25
10.6 Django Reinhardt Style Rhythmic Example 5 00:00:09
10.7 Django Reinhardt Style Muting Introduction 00:00:21
10.8 Django Reinhardt Style Muting – Rhythmic Example 6 00:00:51
10.9 Django Reinhardt Style Rhythmic Example 7 – Troublant Bolero 00:01:02
10.10 Django Reinhardt Style Rhythmic Example 8 – Troublant Bolero – Right Hand 00:00:30
11. Django Reinhardt Style Phrases
11.1 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 1 00:00:13
11.2 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 2 00:00:10
11.3 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 3 00:00:17
11.4 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 4 00:00:20
11.5 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 5 00:00:19
11.6 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 6 00:00:23
11.7 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 7 00:00:08
11.8 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 7 – Slow 00:00:23
11.9 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 8 00:00:24
11.10 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 9 00:00:14
11.11 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 9 00:00:14
11.12 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 10 00:00:05
11.13 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 10 – Slow 00:00:12
11.14 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 11 00:00:05
11.15 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 11 – Slow 00:00:10
11.16 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 12 00:00:05
11.17 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 13 00:00:23
11.18 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 14 00:00:13
11.19 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 15 00:00:17
11.20 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 16 00:00:12
11.21 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 17 00:00:03
11.22 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 18 00:00:12
11.23 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 19 00:00:04
11.24 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 19 – Slow 00:00:15
11.25 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 20 00:00:25
11.26 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 21 00:00:15
11.27 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 22 00:00:05
11.28 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 23 00:00:19
11.29 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 24 00:00:20
11.30 Django Reinhardt Style Phrases Example 25 00:00:25
12. Django Reinhardt Style Tunes
12.1 Nuages 00:02:31
12.2 How High The Moon 00:01:58
12.3 Sweet Georgia Brown 00:02:41
12.4 Django Reinhardt Style Outro Talking 00:00:14
12.5 Django Reinhardt Style Outro Playing 00:00:50

Course Reviews

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  1. Jim Beller

    5

    Wow. This guy is a monster! Most people people think Bireli = Gipsy Jazz, but he’s an all-round guitar phenomena. There’s hardly any talking in this course, but it’s packed with awesome playing and original, interesting lines. I’ve been playing for many years and this is going to keep me busy for a long, long time.

  2. Wim Bakker

    4

    Not for the faint-hearted!! I can just about manage some of this at the slower speed loop setting… What a player. Seriously man.

  3. Thomas Richards

    5

    Very good course. Excellent playing.

  4. Jean Francois Durand

    5

    Amazing player, one of my favorites! It’s really nice to have one part only electric guitar and the second part acoustic manouce guitar. It’s like having two courses, great job Bireli!

  5. Michael Hoffmann

    5

    SO much material to learn! Very advanced lines, the slow down and loop mode really helped so far. Thanks a lot!

  6. Tom Miletic

    4

    Great Sound and unbelievably flashy lines! Bireli really does deliever on any level, but i whish he would explain his lines and play a bit more…otherwise very cool course. The Soundslice really helps the learning.

  7. Mike Roberts

    5

    I remember first hearing Bireli Lagrene when my teacher gave me a cassette tape of his “Standards” album. I was blown away by it! I am not a Gypsy Jazz player so the second half of this course didn’t have much use for me but the first half, which is all about Rhyhtm Changes is phenomenal. I highly recommend this course!

  8. Jose Vargas

    3

    Bireli not teaching much in this video, more showing phrases. But still a nice course.

  9. Brent Howard

    4

    Bireli will always be one of the best! There are so many examples of lines that it will take me a while to digest them let alone get them under my fingers and be able to incorporate them in my playing.

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