The 2017 DjangoFest Northwest Workshop Curriculum and Schedule

Christiaan van Hemert – The Rosenberg Academy -The ‘Dutch Style’

He is one of the premier violinists in the current gypsy jazz scene and often performs as a guest of the Rosenberg Trio and alongside Stochelo Rosenberg in different groups.  He has played with countless high profile gypsy jazz artists among which are, Mozes Rosenberg, Paulus Schafer, Fapy Lafertin, Tchavolo Schmitt, Roby Lakatos and many others.

Besides his activities as a performer he is well known as an educator, teaching at the Rotterdam University of the Arts and in a host of educational videos online.  He often hosts workshops worldwide both on violin and guitar and is an expert in the so called ‘Dutch Style’ of gypsy jazz.  Together with Stochelo Rosenberg, he maintains and teaches at the online tuition site The Rosenberg Academy. The Rosenberg Academy is an online tuition site on which thousands of students are taught the ins and outs of the ‘Dutch Style’ of gypsy jazz by Stochelo Rosenberg and Christiaan van Hemert.  Here at DFNW we are proud to present lessons from the Rosenberg Academy, live and in person, taught by primary instructor, Christiaan Van Hemert.

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Thursday September 21st

2:00 PM

Christiaan Van Hemert - Guitar Workshop 1

The Rosenberg Academy - Guitar Workshop 1 - right hand picking technique

This workshop will deal with understanding and developing correct, efficient and precise right hand technique.  Christiaan will explain in great-detail, the mechanics of good right hand picking technique analyzing posture, muscle use, precise movements and avoiding tensions in the hands and body.

4:00 PM

Christiaan Van Hemert - Guitar Workshop 2

The Rosenberg Academy - Guitar Workshop 2 - connecting diminished vocabulary to major and minor scales and the phrygian dominant

This workshop will lay the foundation for authentic sounding Gypsy Jazz guitar improvisation using three fundamental scales and ways of connecting them through diminished arpeggios and licks.  If you want a shortcut to sounding good fast this is the workshop for you.

Friday September 22nd

12:00 PM

Christiaan Van Hemert - Guitar Workshop 3

Christiaan Van Hemert - The Rosenberg Academy - Guitar Workshop 3 - Van Hemert System

In this session we will explore the ‘Van Hemert System’: a unique gypsy jazz guitar improvisation system that will enable you to reach a high level of improvisation in a short amount of time.  All students will receive numerous detailed PDFs with the system written down to review at home.  Recommended for advanced beginners and beyond.

Michael Horowitz - Gypsy Picking Workshop

Michael Horowitz - Gypsy Picking Workshop - Right Hand Technique

Right hand picking technique is one of the most demanding aspects of playing Gypsy jazz.  This workshop will teach you the rest-stroke picking technique used by Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Bireli Lagrene, and nearly every other Gypsy jazz guitarist.  Learning to play with rest-strokes will give you the "Gypsy sound" by dramatically improving your volume, speed and tone.  To help put the rest-stroke technique in context, students will learn several of the most commonly used Gypsy phrases, arpeggios, and chromatic runs which do not appear in my book Gypsy Picking.  Students will also learn basic principles of efficient left hand fingerings which, when used in conjunction with the rest-stroke picking technique, allow one to play with improved speed and articulation.  These examples will be included in handouts written in both standard notation and tablature.

Michael Horowitz is the founder of the publishing company and Gypsy jazz retail store DjangoBooks.com and is the author of the books Gypsy Picking, Gypsy Rhythm, and Unaccompanied Django.

Saturday September 23rd

10:00 AM

Christiaan Van Hemert - Guitar Workshop 4

Christiaan Van Hemert- The Rosenberg Academy - Guitar Workshop 4 - 'Dutch Style' rhythm guitar

The focus of this workshop is the rhythm guitar techniques used by Dutch players like Nousche Rosenberg and Stochelo Rosenberg.  Christiaan will discuss right hand technique, chord voicings, embellishments, Nousche's 'many chords approach' and Stochelo's, 'less-is-more approach'.  Recommended for all levels.

Mozes Rosenberg - Pick Technique

Mozes Rosenberg - Pick Technique

In this workshop, Mozes will teach proper picking technique in the ‘Dutch Style’.  Concentrating on building speed and dexterity in one’s solos, Mozes will impart some of the knowledge he has acquired from being part of this foremost Manouche dynasty.  He will demonstrate arpeggios and give away a few of his ‘secret’ tricks.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master.

Antoine Boyer - Free your improvisation

Antoine Boyer - Free your improvisation

Antoine will teach some of his unique methods and ways to find and explore new paths on the guitar.  This will help to develop your own style, opening new doors, leading to your own music!

12:00 PM

The Rosenbergs - The Dutch Style

The Rosenbergs - The Dutch Style

Mozes, Johnny and Arnoud explore the elements that make up the ‘Dutch Style’, as displayed by such acts as the Rosenberg Trio, Fapy Lafertin, Paulus Schafer, Tcha Limberger and more.  Discover what makes that special sound and differentiates it from its Parisian cousin.  These experts, practiced in the art of all things Gypsy Jazz, will sort out your questions and end your confusion.  This is a chance to learn how to do what you want to do, authentically and properly.

This session is open to spectators as well as participants and recording devices are permitted.

Michael Horowitz - Rhythm Changes Workshop

Michael Horowitz - Rhythm Changes Workshop - Advanced Harmonic and Rhythmic Concepts

Rhythm Changes (i.e. the chord progression for "I Got Rhythm") is one of the most common chord progressions used in jazz.  A full understanding and mastery of this chord progression is a prerequisite for any jazz musician.  In this workshop, you will learn how gypsy jazz legends Django Reinhardt, Bireli Lagrene, Stochelo Rosenberg, etc, approached accompaniment for Rhythm Changes.  We will discuss Django's more traditional sounding pre-war approach to Rhythm Changes as well as the more modern devices and chord substitutions used by contemporary players.  By the end of this class you will have the tools to play Rhythm Changes like a pro!  These examples will be included in handouts written in both standard notation and tablature.

Michael Horowitz is the founder of the publishing company and Gypsy jazz retail store DjangoBooks.com and is the author of the books Gypsy Picking, Gypsy Rhythm, and Unaccompanied Django.

Christiaan Van Hemert - Violin Workshop 1

Christiaan Van Hemert - The Rosenberg Academy – The Dutch Style - Violin Workshop 1 - technique and sound production

Here we will focus completely on a nowadays rare but very effective violin technique.  Christiaan was schooled in the Auer school of violin and as a result plays without shoulder rest and with a Russian bow hold (much like Heifetz and Milstein).  After the initial hurdles, correct application of this technique will result in effortless, completely relaxed and pain free playing.

The technique will also enable you to pick up virtually any violin and produce a beautiful and strong sound without a warm up, even after weeks of not touching a violin.  It will help your vibrato, your bowing and your tuning.  It is also very suitable for playing gypsy jazz, especially because this technique facilitates legato playing, fast playing and sophisticated sound production.

Sunday September 24th

10:00 AM

Johnny Rosenberg – Rosenberg Rhythm

Johnny Rosenberg – Rosenberg Rhythm

Johnny is specialized on rhythm guitar in the ‘Dutch Style’. He was Nousçhe’s, (the Rosenberg Trio’s rhythm player) first pupil and has learned from the masters, many of which he went on to accompany.  Known primarily for his crooning, Johnny is first and foremost an ace rhythmist and astute interpreter of the material.  This is a chance to hone your rhythm playing, taught by the ‘real deal’.

Joscho Stephan - GYPSY SWING WORKSHOP

Rhythm guitar Technique: - muting left hand - angle right hand - typical chords - different Rhythms (Bolero, Swing, Ballads, i.e.)

Solo guitar Technique: - right hand - fingering positions - Improvisation - typical gimmicks (Trills, Vibrato, i.e.)

All things above will be covered and discussed by Joscho, drawing on his many years of experience wowing audiences with the dexterity, speed and clarity of his playing.

Tim Kliphuis: The Grappelli Way

Tim Kliphuis is a gypsy jazz legend having recorded and toured with Fapy Lafertin, The Rosenberg Trio, Angelo Debarre and many others.  He authored best-selling books “Stéphane Grappelli Gypsy Jazz Violin” and "Grappelli Licks" and hosts workshops all over the world.  Focus your gypsy jazz practice using Tim’s tips on tone, rhythm and of course some indispensable Grappelli licks!  In this workshop, Tim will teach the swing tune Daphne (D maj) and ballad Je Suis Seul Ce Soir (C maj).

12:00 PM

Samson Schmitt: The Gypsy Treatment

Samson will work on the Gypsy treatment of harmony, scales, chords and ‘la pompe’ rhythm, techniques developed over many years of touring with his father and teaching numerous workshops around the world.  He will use a composition of his called, Manouche Attitude, and include handouts of this tune.  Joining him will be his cousins, Panche and Benji, who will help demonstrate the proper techniques, as passed down through the generations of Gypsy greats, many of which reside in the venerable and illustrative Weiss and Winterstein families.

This session is open to spectators as well as participants and recording devices are permitted.

Christiaan Van Hemert - Violin Workshop 2

Christiaan Van Hemert - The Rosenberg Academy – The Dutch Style - Violin Workshop 2 - gypsy jazz improvisation system

During this workshop Christiaan will explain his system for violin improvisation.  The system is very different from the standard academic ways of learning improvisation.  It is based on exercises to outline four basic harmonic colors while integrating random chromaticism.  This will enable to the user to employ his creativity while still making (a lot) of harmonic sense.  It is recommended for participants to be familiar with chord symbols.

Samuelito – Flamenco Style

An approach of flamenco techniques, harmonies and styles with Samuelito.  Discover and understand the right-hand techniques, the rhythms (compás) and main styles (palos).  The ‘other’ Gypsy music, a bit of Flamenco can only add to one’s bag of tricks and give a little spice to the music.