New Guitars in my Life (1)... 2007

New Guitars in my Life ... 2007

After many years of dreaming i satisfied a few deep wishes that i alsoways had and bought myself some of my dream-instruments.

I talk about the so called Selmer-copies, acoustic Jazz-Guitars that have been developed and built by Mario Macafferri for Selmer-company in the early 1930ies especially for Django Reinhardt.

Today there are just a few excellent guitarbuilders that are able to still built these special Instruments. To be named there is the italian luthier Jacques Favino who resided in Paris in the late 1040ies, studied the Instruments of Selmer and began copying them. After his death in 1986 his son Jean-Pierre took over the business of his father. The Favino-Guitars meanwhile are legendary (not only) in Sinti-circles as they have a first-class making as well as an outstanding tone.

After a loong search i was able to buy a guitar like that, as mentioned a long term dream of mine. Here are some images of this guitar dream:

But fate was moreover good to me as i found another 2nd of these great guitars made by Maurice Dupont, also a french guitarmaker who is building since the early 80ies in France and meanwhile has developed a great name in the scene for his makings.So here is my second dream-guitar, a model MD60 by Dupont:

"Lulo Reinhardt & Bertino Rodmann Quartett" - Live

Lulo Bertino 2013Das "Lulo Reinhardt & Bertino Rodmann Quartett" - a new interesting formation.

Lulo Reinhardt, the german grandnephew of famous belgischen Sinti-Guitarrist Django Reinhardt, is known in the german musicscene as well as on international Festivals and stages.
Lulo´s unimitatable powerful way of guitarplaying in a blend mix out of Swing, Flamenco, Gypsymusic, Jazz-Manoucheand other influences have made him famous worldwide.

Alexander Bertino Rodmann known by his own Band "Coeur du Bois" and the release of his methodbook "Gypsyjazz Guitar" is a versatile Guitarrist who was getting into Jazzmanouche and Swingon completely different ways.

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Methodbook for Gypsyjazz-Guitar

altThe already previewed methodbook "Gypsyjazz Guitar" has now been released in 2012 with the wolrdwide distributor "Alfred Music Publishing" (Cologne) and is available by now.

Gypsyjazz or Jazzmanouche is the first unique Jazzstyle created in Europe. The origins of this style come from french Musette-Waltzes, hungarian Çsardas or the spanish Flamenco, as well as Sinti-Music itself, that has been mixed together and interpreted by Sinti-Musicians in pure Swing-Phrasing.

The new methodbook with 150 pages is ment to be a guitarschool that should lead into the style by understanding all aspects of it. It contains many images and explanations on the style, the used guitars, strings, picks as well as tipps & tricks by the author. Especially the understanding of the authentic way of playing and the respect for the old traditions of the Sintis is of importance to the author.

The book contains in all 7 tunes, as well as 2 original compositions of the author Bertino Rodmann, as 5 songs written by Django Reinhardt and  the "Quintette du Hot Club de France" completely written in staff-Notations/Tabulaturen and many examples for Rhythm- and Soloplaying, all put down on an Audio-CD with Soundexamples of all exercises, songs plus Playalong-Tracks.

150 pages with Play-Alongs, staff & Tabulature, Price: 25,80 EUR incl. Audio-CD (+ delivery).

You may order the book on my Website, at, or with Alfred Verlag, Köln as well as every good bookstore (ISBN-10: 3-933136-86-5).

New Guitars in my life (3)

Already since some time i was looking for buying another guitar. An Instrument which i could be able to use for my lessons as well as for LIVE-gigs.

Now just by accident i ran into an announce of such a guitar. Already known by my personal friend and musical collegue Lulo Reinhardt who developed this guitar in cooperation with SAGA Instruments, i found an Exemplar of this Model and just bought it. Now i am happy with this great new guitar working and practising a lot with it. Here are some images of that nice guitar:

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 Gitane DG560 03  
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