“Experience an immediate tangible difference in your playing and come away with inspiration, knowledge and skills that will enrich your playing forever.
My workshop provides full 5 days of deep immersion into Gypsy swing and jazz guitar playing. Your time is devoted to intense, hands-on learning, practicing and playing individually and with a partner or small group. I analyse each student’s needs from the outset and throughout the workshop, giving lots of personal attention to each and every student. Each student gets personalized assignments to practice as we go along – either on your own or with a friend. You have a wonderful opportunity to meet and play with new people.
We eat together, chat and get together at the end of each day to learn a song we can all play together. It’s always lots of fun and holding the workshops in pastoral locations adds to the enjoyment and the feeling of really getting away from it all and putting your passion first.”
Gypsy/jazz guitar playing is having a big revival in these last years.
Experienced guitar players find in this a new way to express their ideas and search a new language, young musicians have re-discovered the magic of this style, and joined together to form swing bands, amateurs are dedicating more time to learn to play in Django Reinhardt style.
It is great music, very engaging, where you have the possibility to have fun and still deepen your expertize on gipsy/jazz.
During this 6 days workshop with Yaakov Hoter, you will have the possibility to do all this, dedicate one week to your passion, meet with people like you and in a beautiful location, in the heart of Tuscany. What could be better?
The workshop is open to guitar players who want to explore the Gipsy/Jazz world: it is necessary to be familiar with basic open and barré chords, how to play chords along the fret board.
We will work of classic gyspy pieces (All of me, Nuages etc) and explore also new licks.
Pls bring your own acoustic guitar. It can be a gypsy guitar, acoustic or classic.
In case it is complicated to travel with your guitar, pls let us know. We have a couple of extra guitars, and if more are needed we can rent them.
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 (www.swingdegitanes.com) 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...
The closest station is CHIUSI, ON THE LINE ROME-FLORENCE. From there, we can arrange a pick up service on Saturday afternoon at 3 pm. Please check the train schedule on www.trenitalia.it
From North (Milano/Florence)
Highway A1 take exit VALDICHIANA - BETTOLLE - SINALUNGA and then follow directions to Montepulciano - Pienza. Once in Pienza, follow for Monticchiello.
From South (Rome)
From South, exit Chiusi - Chianciano Terme, following the direction Chianciano - Montepulciano - Pienza - then as above
The closest and most practical airport is the one of Florence. From there you can easily reach the train station by bus and then follow the train itinerary (see above).
You can also take a taxi from the airport, or order a car service. Car service is around € 150 – you can split the cost with other students – a taxi can be more expensive
When to arrive/leave
You should arrivei in Monticchiello BETWEEN 4 AND 6 P.M. on Sunday the 9th (July).
This will give you time to check into your room, relax and be ready for the first meeting at 6 p.m. where you will meet your teacher and fellow students. In case you prefer to arrive a day earlier (Saturday) to explore the area or just chill-out before the workshop start, just let us know so that we can reserve your room for that night too.
Departure is the following Saturday, after breakfast.
IMPORTANT when booking your flight, make sure that you will arrive at the chosen airport not too late during the day…wherever you plan to fly to, it will take you 2-3 hours to arrive to Monticchiello, and we have a first meeting at 6 pm.