Austin Filingo

Austin Filingo

Austin is a Guitar instructor at JamPlay.com

Hailing from northeastern Pennsylvania, Austin Filingo grew up immersed in a wide range of music from classic rock to country to jazz. At age seven he moved to Nashville, TN and began playing guitar. A few years later, at age eleven he competed in a guitar contest at Mars music, placing first in the rock category. From that moment on, his dream was realized and he knew he wanted to pursue music as a career. In high school, guitar became Austin’s passion as he honed his... (more)

Austin currently offers 22 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 22 intermediate lessons.

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Gypsy Jazz with Austin Filingo

Gypsy Jazz guitarist Austin Filingo covers the basics of the Gypsy Jazz and Swing Guitar styles.


Introduction to Gypsy Jazz

Austin Filingo introduces himself and discusses his lesson series on Gypsy Jazz. He gives a general overview of the style and explains what he'll be teaching.

2:10 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Warm-up Exercises

Austin demonstrates some helpful warm-up exercises, including hand stretches and chromatic octaves.

6:36 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


History of Gypsy Jazz

Austin gives a brief overview of the history of the style. He also lists some of the gear out there that can help you get the right sound in both live and studio applications.

8:34 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Right Hand Techniques

Austin discusses picks and proper right hand placement for achieving a gypsy jazz sound. He demonstrates the sound of three different picks, and explains which one is his favorite.

7:43 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


La Pompe Rhythm

Austin teaches how to play the "la pompe" (Freddie Green in swing circles) rhythm. This accompaniment patter is crucial to playing in the gypsy jazz and swing styles.

10:18 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Bread and Butter Chords Part 1

Austin discusses and demonstrates a couple of bread and butter chords in the key of G. He covers multiple voicing for the G6, G6/9, D7, and D9 chords.

13:26 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Bread and Butter Chords Part 2

Austin uses the chord voicings taught in Bread and Butter Chords Part 1 to play over a track.

5:26 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Bread and Butter Chords Part 3

Austin demonstrates a few more bread and butter chords for us in the context of the tune "Dinah" by Fats Waller. He covers voicings for Em, Em7, B7, A7 and Am7.

8:54 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Dinah: Learning the Whole Tune

Austin takes all the chords from Bread and Butter Chords parts 1-3 and puts them together in the tune "Dinah."

8:44 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Dinah: The Passing Chords

Austin teaches how to use different chord voicings and inversions of chords in the context of the Fats Waller song "Dinah".

11:05 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Dinah: Intro's and Outro's

Austin teaches various ways to begin and end a performance of "Dinah". These concepts can be applied broadly to other jazz tunes.

19:09 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Minor Swing: Bread and Butter Chords

Austin Filingo starts digging into the tune "Minor Swing". In this lesson, he breaks down some tried and true voicings that can be used when comping in a Freddie Green or 'Le Pompe' style.

9:07 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Minor Swing: Passing Chords

Austin teaches some passing chords and chord substitution principles that can be used in "Minor Swing" and more broadly in this genre.

11:28 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Minor Swing: Intro's and Outro's

Austin uses the context of "Minor Swing" to teach various intro and outro ideas to use in the gypsy jazz and swing genres.

14:54 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Dinah: The Melody

Austin teaches the melody to the tune "Dinah".

13:35 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Chord Pools

Austin teaches a collection of drop 2 voicings that are commonly used in jazz.

7:30 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Major & Minor Triads

Austin teaches how to build major and minor triads all over the neck.

14:20 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Augmented & Diminished Triads

Austin expands on the major and minor triads with augmented and diminished formations.

6:40 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Dinah: Chord Melody

Austin utilizes the triads he's taught in previous lessons to build a few different chord melodies for the tune Dinah.

10:38 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Soloing Concepts: Dinah

Austin teaches some soloing concepts for the tune Dinah.

17:44 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Soloing Concepts: Minor Swing

Austin demonstrates and analyzes some soloing concepts for Minor Swing.

7:30 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Chord Pools Part 2

Austin builds off of Chord Pools Part 1 and plugs some of the chord voicing into a practical chord solo.

9:36 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

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