View Full Version : Gypsy Jazz ( Django Reinhardt) on the uke

08-25-2008, 05:01 AM
Any Gypsy Jazz instruction for the uke?
I have done some searches but have not found anything. I would think that it would sound great on the uke!
Thanks for your help:nana:

Howlin Hobbit
08-25-2008, 09:34 AM
You can find the chords for minor swing all over the place as well as numerous guitar tabs.

Check here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3ZcfVDrCNU) to see what can be done with the tune on uke.

Maybe one of the clever tabbers can do something with that vid. Looks like he only goes up over the 12th fret once, for that last chord, so with a little twiddling even us soprano players might be able to use it.

08-25-2008, 12:27 PM
Thanks..I think I can do that .....slowly at first anyway....:eek: Any others?

08-28-2008, 07:14 PM
You picked a good topic. Check out Brook Adams' recordings of Djangology and J'Attendre here: free streaming mp3's! http://www.brookadams.com/evil-ukeCD.html

The head for Djangology is easy, just find a guitar tab of it and play it on ukulele on the same frets. It'll be in a different key from Django's recording, but it's better that way on the uke. Brook's uke must be tuned higher, as it sounds half a step higher than that way. Ignore it, play it in the key below. The chords are

Part A
1st ending 0000
2nd ending 0003

Part B

Play Part A again, second ending.

Repeat the whole progression, going right back into part A, 1st ending, for solos. Finish by playing the original melody for the whole head again.

J'Attendre is written for guitar and violin, so Brook has tweaked the arrangement for uke.

Two great Gypsy jazz tunes. Brook's solos are tricky, but hey, make up your own if you can't figure them out.

08-29-2008, 04:17 AM
WOW great responses! I think that type of jazz sounds great on the uke.:D

08-29-2008, 07:36 PM
i love the gypsy jazz, i played alot of it on the guitar, got the 4 CDs, bout to start learning em on the uke

05-20-2010, 11:09 AM
I live near Tonganoxie and play a bit of Gypsy Jazz among other things on uke and harmonica (rather than guitar and violin). How about you?

05-22-2010, 10:52 AM
thanks for the tab!

03-22-2012, 07:37 PM
You can fit GDAE strings, Aquila make some really nice nylgut ones, available online from Elderly Instruments in the US.

They're made for soprano, on my concert I tune it to EBFsharpCsharp (sorry no hash-tags on this keyboard). It sounds great and fits with guitar accompaniment pretty well.

And then you can play any music written for violin, and leave the rhythm stuff to the guitar etc! Some transposition issues admittedly...