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Old 01-06-2021, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by eisemann View Post
I couldn't find the interview of Tommy Emmanuel I've watched some time ago. He was talking about it and now that i try to play the style I realized the need of that, it really makes your playing economy better but then again you dont really have to depend on this, I was just asking. But i can find many instances of this technique. Especially in gypsy jazz they play chords structured like that. Not that you have to play the chords like that but to get a fuller sound they add one extra bass note. With that you obtain more freedom for one finger. Hence, it makes this technique really important to work on, cause you know freedom is everything, especially on your fingers.
IME Gypsy Jazz players don't play two bass notes with one finger but often mute the A string with the finger that is fretting the low E. They do play the D and G strings with a flattened ring finger on some chords, echoing the technique developed by Django to take account of his damaged fingers* but I don't think that is what you are suggesting is it?

* Django's ring and little fingers were badly burned and partially fused together so he played lead with just his first and second fingers but could use the others to play chords. He played mostly three note chord voicings but did have some four note chords.
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