Course description

Rest stroke is the core of the Gypsy Jazz style, sound and technique.

Arpeggios are a must for any improvisational musician.

In this course, you will learn and practice the rest stroke technique with all the arpeggios you need to know. You will build a daily practice to master the technique and the shapes. After 6 months of 30 minute daily practice, your technique and improvisation skills will have improved tremendously.

Important - This course contains lessons 6,7,9,12,13, 8.2 and 11.2 from my previous site. It is also contains lots of new material!
If you already bought the old lessons contact me and you will be credited the amount of you paid.


* You will know and master the rest stroke picking method.

* You will get examples of how to use arpeggios in your improvisation over the songs Minor Swing and J’attendrai.

* You will know vertical and horizontal positions for minor, major, m9, M9, 6, m6, 7, m7, maj7, dim7, m7b5 arpeggios all over the fingerboard.

* You will know to alter the arpeggio degrees to create new positions such as 7#5, 7#11, Maj7#11 and Maj7#5.

* You will learn how to easily visualize and memorize all of these arpeggios.

*You will know how to use the dim7 arpeggio over the Dom7 chord to create the 7b9 sound.

* You will know how to build a solo run over one chord all over your fretboard.

* You will know how to use the m7b5 chord over dominant7 and m6 chords.

* You will know how to use the m7 chord over M6 and M7 chords.

* You will learn triplet runs.

* You will know how to play an improvisation on a G major turnaround.

* You will know how to play “David” and “Dark Eyes” using only one m7b5 shape.

* You will get examples from Django over “Dinah,” “Montagne Sainte Genevieve” and “Stompin’ At Decca.”





Yaakov Hoter
Yaakov Hoter
Professional Musician and Teacher
At the age of 13, when Yaakov started to play the guitar, his older brother, Azriel, gave him a Django Reinhardt cassette.
Django’s music ignited a spark in Yaakov and he began to dream of going to Europe to learn from the Gypsies.
Yaakov graduated from the Rimon Music High School and attained his bachelor’s degree in music from the Jerusalem Music Academy.

He has performed in many bands, written songs and music for theater. It was only in 2006, following a chance meeting with Jon Larsen and Walter Clerici in Denmark, that he decided to dedicate himself completely to Gypsy swing.

He travelled to Belgium to study with the accomplished Gypsy guitarist Fapy Lafertin and had the great good fortune to also meet and jam with Gypsy guitar greats Birelli Lagrene, Moreno, Stochelo and Noumi Rosenberg in France – learning a great deal in the process.

His band, Swing De Gitanes ( has been in the forefront of the Gypsy Swing genre in Israel and has gleaned ample praise.

The trio has three albums under its belt, as well as hundreds of performances, participation in major international music festivals, collaborations with leading local artists,

including Miki Gavrielov and Dori Ben Zeev, and collaboration with leading international Gypsy Swing and Jazz luminaries, including: Robin Nolan (G.B), Lulo Reinhardt, Daniel Weltlinger (Germany), Hot Club de Norvege (Norway), Evan Christopher (U.S.A), Dario Napoli (Italy), Maurizio di fulvio (Italy) and more.

Today Yaakov is developing a new generation of Gypsy swing guitarists in Israel. He has translated his experience into a straightforward comprehensive method. Yaakov has initiated the production of Gypsy Swing guitars in Israel, in cooperation with ERG. He is working on original compositions and lyrics and more...



Yaakov Hoter

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This course on offer is a look at gypsy jazz rest stroke playing and a complete arpeggios thesaurus

The course is 89 modules in 10 chapters. The website has a convenient function that shows you the modules you completed, a slowing down funstion and you can download all the material too.

The course is centred on the acoustic gypsy jazz technique and has several techniques that that are different from your conventional rock scenario .


I recommend this so anyone wanting to learn arpeggio's and economy picking concepts from the Gypsy Jazz world.


Chapter 1: Introduction and the Rest Stroke Technique

1.1 Introduction

1.2_The Rest Stroke Technique

1.3_The Down-stroke Roll_Triplet Exercise

1.4_Dim7 Arpeggio Exercise

1.5_Introduction to the Rest Stroke Technique - PDF

1.6_Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!

1.7_Four chord families


Chapter 2. Basic Minor Arpeggios

2.1_Minor Arpeggios in Four Families

2.2_Minor Arpeggios in Four Families - PDF

2.3_Minor Horizontal Arpeggios

2.4_Horizontal Minor Arpeggios - PDF

2.5_Minor 9 Arpeggios

2.6_Minor 9 Arpeggios - PDF

2.7_Minor 6 Vertical Arpeggios

2.8_Minor 6 Vertical Arpeggios - PDF

2.9_Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!


Chapter 3. Basic Major Arpeggios

.1_Major Vertical Arpeggios in Four Families

3.2_Major Arpeggios in Four Families - PDF

3.3_Major Horizontal Arpeggios

3.4_Horizontal Major Arpeggios - PDF

3.5_Major 9 Horizontal Arpeggios

3.6_Major 9 Horizontal Arpeggios - PDF

3.7_Dom7 Arpeggios

3.8_Dom7 Arpeggios - PDF

3.9 Maj7 Arpeggios

3.10_Maj7 Arpeggios - PDF

3.11_Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!


Chapter 4. Diminished arpeggios

4.1 The dim chord

4.2_dim7 shapes

4.3_dim7 shapes - PDF

4.4_dim7 over the Dom7 chord

4.5_dim7over the Dom7 chord - PDF

4.6_Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!

Chapter 5.The m7b5 arpeggio as m6 and as 7add9

5.1_The Concept - Overview

5.2_m7b5 - m6 Horizontal Shapes

5.3_m7b5 - m6 Vertical Shapes

5.4_Transition Points

5.5_The m7b5 as m6 - PDF

5.6_m7b5 over the Dom7 Chord

5.7_7add9 Arpeggios + Examples

5.8_The m7b5 Arpeggio as 7add9 - PDF

5.9_The m7b5 Shapes in your Accompaniment

5.10_The m7b5 Shapes in your Accompaniment - PDF

5.11_Song Example - David

5.12_Song Example - Dark Eyes

5.13_Songs Examples - PDF

5.14_Ending Lick

5.15_Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!


Chapter 6: The m7 arpeggio as M6 and as M7add9


6.2_Horizontal Positions

6.3_The m7 as M6 Horizontal Arpeggios - PDF

6.4_Improvisation on G Major Turnaround

6.5_Improvisation on G Major Turnaround - PDF

6.6_Vertical Positions

6.7_Vertical Positions - PDF

6.8_Practice Guidelines

6.9_The M6 Sound in Django's Playing

6.10_The M6 sound in Django's playing - PDF

6.11_m7 as the Maj7 add9 Sound

6.12_m7 as the Maj7 add9 Sound - PDF

6.13_Practice in the Cycle of Fourths

6.14_Adding the 9th - Summary

6.15_Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!


Chapter 7: More arpeggios and the daily practice

7.1 Altering the 5th degree

7.2 Building a daily practice

7.3_The 75 arpeggios- Building a daily practice - PDF

7.4_Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!

7.5 The Chromatic Scale


Chapter 8: Using Arpeggios on Minor Swing

8.1_Improvisation with Arpeggios - The Concept

8.2_Playing from Lower String

8.3_Playing from the Upper String

8.4_Arpeggio Etude - Bars 1-8

8.5_Arpeggio Etude - Bars 9-16

8.6_Arpeggio Etude - The Right Hand

8.7_Arpeggio Etude - PDF

8.8_Chord Scales - Overview

8.9_Chord Scales Exercise - Quarters

8.10_Chord Scales Exercise - Eighths, Various Positions

8.11_Chord Scales - PDF

8.12_Free Improvisation over Minor Swing

8.13_comunity Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!


Chapter 9: Using Arpeggios on J'Attendrai

9.1_Playing Arpeggios from the Root

9.2_Chord Scales for J'Attendrai

9.3_Improvisation over J'Attendrai

9.4 Community Discussion - Ask Questions, Comment and Share Your Thoughts!


Chapter 10: Charts and Play Alongs

10.1 Minor Swing - Play Along

10.2_Minor Swing - PDF

10.3_J'attendrai - Play Along

10.4_J'attendrai - PDF


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