Terms & Conditions f. Workshops

modular gjgAll people older than 18 years are (with younger people the consent of the education beneficiary must be given) can take part in the workshop "Modular Gypsyjazz Guitar".

Participants should at least have 4-5 years of experience in playing guitar, should have a standard acoustic-, jazz-guitar or selmer-copy.

This course is recommended for beginner of the style - not for guitar in basic - and the level is rather high!

A solid basic knowledge about music in general (harmonic, chords, scales etc.) and the playing of the same are nessesary. Additional knowledge about Jazz are a plus but no condition.

Participants will receive an eMail with their confirmation of registration after signing up online or via fax. Additionally this eMail contains info on payment and details of the workshop.
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Important Note: the course fee has to be payed 14 days ahead of the workshop-date, at least of 50% for the the seat to be finally be reserved at the workshop.
Only people who payed at least 50% of the course-fee in advance are accepted for taking part at the workshop. The rest 50% of the payment will be done at the workshop in this case. If none or a too low deposit is present at the suitable time, this is also not valid as a definitive participation, even if before a written registration (on-line or by fax) was sent in.

The final payment of the corse-fee (incl. dinner if booked) has to be made before the beginning of the workshop.

* Additional important hints:

1) The cost for hotel will be payed at the hotel solely, and are NOT to be sent to my bankaccount!
The offered hotelprices are just guiding prices - no claims are possible. I dont take over any guarantee for th eoffered privces as they may be changed by the hotels.

2) with insufficient participant number (> 10 participants) the event appointment is shifted to another date if necessary. Already paid registration fees of course keep 100% validity and are credited to the new appointment date normally.
The participants will be informed of the new event date beforehand (please, therefore, take care for correct contact-data at registration). Should a participant not be able to take part to the suitable new event date paid participation fees are refunded to him / you already of course by full height (substracted by resulted costs following bank charge or similar).

3) If a participant for some reasons is not able tol take part at the Workshop, participants therefore are urgently asked to cancel participations on time (min. 4 weeks ahead of workshop-date).
I can carry out Workshops only with suitable number of registrations. Hence, sent off registration is valid on-line or by fax, in any case, as obliging. Also a deposit already made for a certain Workshop appointment or payment is valid as an obliging assent for the participation of a Workshop.

100 moneybackFor any refusals which are submitted to me in less than 4 weeks before Workshop appointment results in a failure fee at the rate of 50% of the whole course fee. In addition, already paid participation fees are refunded of course by full height (substracted by resulted costs for following bank charges or similar).

If a participant cannot be part of the workshop for important reason (e.g. death of relatives, heavy illness, higher power or similar - proof necessary!) and calls off his participation on time before the appointment, in this case still a failure fee results at the rate of min. 25% of the whole course fee for the cover of my costs. In addition, already paid participation fees are refunded of course by full height (substracted by resulted costs for following bank charges or similar).

If a participant has already paid a deposit or the full sum for the Workshop and does not appear without timely refusal on the course day of the Workshop, his deposited money goes to ruin, then this is not refunded. In addition, in this case a failure payment becomes due at the rate of 100% of the course fee !

If a participant does not appear to the accordingly booked Workshop or not on time at the Workshop beginning (course beginning of Saturday from 10. 00 o'clock) he / she has no other legal entitlement to partly or full repayment of the course fee or any other achievements.

With sending the registration for the Masterclass you accept the terms & conditions of participation.
(Date: 01.06.2014)

Workshop - Accomodations

kat liveAs many participants of the masterclass often come from outside Frankfurt, i have been asked for reliable accomodations in the near enviroment of Karben. So here i present a small collection of useful links:

Hint: it is possible to make reservation for a hotelroom while signing-up for the workshop in a Hotel directly in Karben for a price of +/- 58.- EUR p.P./Night incl. breakfast. If you are interested please check the certain fields while signing up for the workshop.

 Here are some more links for reasonable hotels or guesthouses around for your own booking:

 *All prices are for 1 night for a single bedroom incl. breakfast.

Or check the Internet, google for "Pension Hotel 61184 Karben"


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kat online This "Online-Masterclass" basically contains similar contents as the LIVE-Workshop "Modular Gypsyjazz Guitar" by Bertino Rodmann. So in this online-version you may find about (many) of the basic contents than in this Workshop Modular Gypsyjazz Guitar. The Online-Masterclass may directly be booked and payed online here at www.gypsyjazzworkshop.netLogo_GJW

On this website you´ll find video-streams of the Online-Masterclasses for Gypsyjazz-Guitar. This Online-Masterclass has been developed and recorded by Bertino Rodmann from his experience of his Modular Gypsyjazz Guitar LIVE-workshop series.

In this online-version of Bertino´s LIVE-Guitar-Workshop all nessesary basics of the style will be transmitted detailed and clearly structured for beginners of the style:

• the history of the style with lots of background-knowledge about the used instruments, strings, picks as well as
• an introduction into Rhythm-playing of the Swingrhythm "La Pompe"-with exercises and examples,
• the detailed explanation of soloing including all special picking-techniques, scales and arpeggios,
• as of solo-licks of famous Gypsyplayers such as Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Lollo Meier, Romane and others
• and the more many tipps & tricks around for playing the style.

Modul_7_2_GJWThis Online-Workshop for Gypsyjazz-Guitar is offered split up in two categories (divided into single-modules or as a complete package) and may be booked as such: offered is the complete Online-Masterclass (containing all 10 single-modules) or you may book it as single online-modules (only certain parts of the complete masterclass). Both offers may be payed easy, securely and fast just online via Paypal. So in detail you may book a complete Online-Masterclasses or just single modules.

However, it is actually recommended to book the complete Online-Masterclass anyway because inside that all 10 modules are already included which thematically are build up on each other...

Important hint: the contents of the Modules of the "Online-Masterclass" are NOT the same or similar like the LIVE-workshop Modular Gypsyjazz Guitar offered by Bertino on this page! The LIVE-workshop is much more detailed and bares more content.

The Masterclass and the single-modules are offered in so called "Licences". The prices for single modules of the complete masterclass start at cheap 5,99 € for the a one day-access of a single-module with 1 or more videos (Premium-Licence) and limit up to 180.- € for the complete Masterclass for about 6 Month-access (Platinum-Licence) containing all Modules and Videos (all together more tahn 6 hours of material + downloads).
All of the 10 modules of the Online-Masterclass are offered as "Streaming-Videos" which often again are divided into serveral videos per module. To watch these videos you only need to have the free Flash-Plugin by Adobe. More detailed infos you´ll find in the FAQs -> Systemrequirements. Additional there is lots of staff-notations as well as TABs of all examples beeing provided for each module in a special download-are of each module.

With more than 6-hours of video-playing-time this very extensive Online-Masterclass is probably one of the most detailed Online-Lessons available on the Internet on the subject of Gypsyjazz / Jazz-Manouche (regrettably available yet only in german!).

As with the LIVE-Masterclass Modular Gypsyjazz Guitar by Bertino Rodmann at least 4-5 years experience of playing the guitar and a suitable instrument (acoustic steel string guitar or Selmer copy/Jazz guitar) is the main condition for the participation in these Online-Masterclasses. For further details please take a look at the terms & conditions on the website itself: www.gypsyjazzworkshop.net

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eBook: the JM-Scales-book

the jm scales book 640x452If we talk about any kind of musical content, we also have to chat about scales as well.

In music theory, scales are defined as „any set of musical notes ordered by fundamental frequency or pitch“ (Source: Wikipedia).
A scale ordered by increasing pitch is an "ascending scale", and a scale ordered by decreasing pitch is called „descending scale“. Some scales may contain different pitches when ascending than when descending.

Scales are something like the „musical base content“ or essence of any kind of music-style. Any chord, any kind of melody is defined by it wether if we talk about todays Pop-, Rock-, Jazz-, Dance-music, Classical-music or whatever kind of music-style...maybe just not within "Free-Jazz" ;-)

That said it is pretty clear why as a musician and especially as a (Gypsyjazz-)guitar-player it is very important to build up an intense knowledge about scales, thus to be able to understand and use it´s contents in any kind of musical situation. But how?

Here the new "JM-Scales-book" now comes in handy for learning all the nessesary infos on scales, especially the ones that are useful for "Jazz-Manouche" or Gypsyjazz".

jm scalesbook webThis new eBook (available only for download) contains 20+ scales, explaining the standards like basic major- or minor-scales as well as many altered-, (half-)disminished-, mixolydian-, super or ultra locrian scales.

The book will then finally end up with all kinds of more exotical-scales that nevertheless may also make sense of beeing used in (Gypsy-)Jazz, such as the general Gypsy-minor- or the spanish Gypsy-scale, the hungarian major and - minor-scale, the romanian minor-Scale as well as the pure oriental- scale or the wholetone-scale.
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Everything is precisely explained and documented with images of every scale mentioned, showing all contained intervals.

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The eBook is available for Download right here for only 19,90€

Here is the contents of the eBook:


- Natural major scale
- Natural pentatonic-major-scale
- „Bebop“-major-scale

Minor Scales
- natural minor-scale
- pentatonic-minor-scale
- „Blues“-scale

Altered variations of natural-scales
- harmonic minor-scale
- melodic minor-scale
- melodic minor-scale (ascending)
- melodic minor-scale (decending)
- melodic minor-“Bebop“-scale
- mixolydian-scale
- mixolydian-altered-(Bebop)-scale
- half-disminished-scale
- disminished-scale
- chromatic scales

Exotic and other variations of scales
- the „Gypsy“-major-scale
- the „Gypsy“-minor-scale
- hungarian major-scale
- hungarian-/persian-Gypsy-scale
- spanish „Gypsy“-scales
- romanian minor-scales
- oriental scale
- ultra-locrian-scale
- wholetone-scales
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Accompaning, substitutions and changes in songs

In this article we like to focus on general accompaning in Jazz-tunes, sometimes also called "Comping" .

The accompaniment of any tune by guitarrists in Jazz and especially in Jazz-Manouche is one of the most importatnt issues of all. Specially in Jazz-Manouche, which also has been called "String-Jazz", Jazz that has been played on stringed instruments solely.JazzChords C6
In the early days Jazz-Combos mostly played with a Banjo or simple guitar, beeing pure accompaniment instruments, just creating a backing rhythm with it. Thus was the role of the guitar these days.

That dramatically changed in the early years of the 20th century especially by guitarrists like Django Reinhardt, Sarrane or Baro Ferret in Europe or famous players like Charlie Christian in the USA. They introduced the guitar to music as a Solo-Instrument, changing it from pure accompaniment to a more versatile use.
The first setups of the Quintette du HotClub de France were complete innovations for his time, as they were playing Jazz solely with string-instruments, thus creating the name "String-Jazz", in comparison to all other Jazzbands of that time who were playing with brass-instrumens mostly (Clarinette, Saxophone, Trumpets).

The Quintette du HotClub de France also didnt utilize Drums or any bandsetups alike the usual bands of that time did (Drums, Bass, Brass, Banjo/Guitar), although Django Reinhardt experimented with drums in later bandsetups after the war. That said it is clear that the role of the rhythmguitar developed to be one of THE leading and central elements in Gypsyjazz or Jazz-Manouche.

So what is good Rhythm-accompaniment?
Jazz (and of course Jazz-Manouche) is all about Improvisation. That means also that the Soliste is extremely dependent on a solid basis on which he could settle his Improvisations on to. This base will be created by the rhythmguitar in Jazz-Manouche itogether with the Bass.

"Good" accompaniment, despite playing a very straight and moving rhythm (It dont mean a thing if it aint got that swing!), means to also be able to create interesting chordchanges inside the usual turnarounds of tunes, thus inspiring the solist for his own ideas for improvisation...
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