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Django Reinhardt Music

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Providing inspiration for generations of guitarists, the Belgian acoustic jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt came to prominence in the 1930's. His early life was spent travelling through Belgium and France with his family who led a caravan dwelling gypsy lifestyle. Paris later became the center of Django Reinhardt's musical activities. At the age of 18 Django burned his 3rd and 4th fingers off in a fire he accidentally started in his caravan. He overcame this disability while developing new guitar techniques and a new style of playing.

In 1934 the Quintet du Hot Club de France was formed with Django on guitar, Stephane Grappelli on violin, Django's brother Joseph and Roger Chaput on rythum guitars and Louis Vola on double bass. The group signed to Ultraphone Records.

In 1946 Django toured America for the first time with Duke Ellington. His rythum and single note playing were devastating, he used heavy gauge strings and played with such force that his guitar had to be replaced every 6 months. His playing also consisted of the use of strong vibrato and individual octave playing and amazing rythum work. He did not read music, Django Reinhardt died aged 43 in May 1953.


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