Hi, my name is Stelios Panos and I am a guitar teacher for 21 years. My main guitar used to be a Fender Stratocaster with the latest one a 1992 model, and a 1977 Martin M-36 acoustic. I also use a 1981 Contreras studio classical guitar.
That's until Django came into my life, after watching Jimmie Rosenberg at the movie: "The father the son and the talent" back in 2007. A year later I was at Paris and I purchased a nice 2004 "Castelluccia" (Sweet Chorus) Manouche Guitar second hand. Since then that's my main guitar.
I used to play jazz guitar before I discovered Django, by using "Band in a Box", which for me was the best way to learn the themes of the tunes from Parker, Duke, Monk, Miles and other great jazz musicians.
So after all I decided to do a life time Django/Gypsy jazz Collection! The "Django Reinhardt for Band in a Box", almost all the solos and melodies Django ever recorded. With 250 songs/solos and another 200 in a Real Book form with the main theme melodies. So If you like to explore the guitar the way Django did, and learn the original Gypsy Jazz, here is the place!
Django pour Band in a Box. (December 2011)
Band in a Box BB 2014 with the ability to set your own fingerings on the tablature, really interactive!
So by the mid of 2014, I started to work to make the correct positioned fingerings and the bending’s in the tablature of Django in a Box, (Both "Real Book" 200 songs and "The solos" 250 songs).
Working hard specially at the three last months to do the solos, the result is very rewarding. The DiaB (TBR) is ready with the correct positions and even the bends! Wow what an experience into Django!!! DiaB (TBR) =Tablature and Bends Ready!
Plus a Gypsy Guitar sampler that I've made just before the TBR session begins
DiaB (Sweet Chorus SFZ Library sampler)
Django pour Band in a Box (TBR) December 2014
More good news!
More work with Django by adding the real audio on all the solos and sync them with the score (tablature), by the end of June the result is very impressive, now we can hear the original recordings over the 250 solos!
And the name of it DiaB (HDR) = Hear Django Ready!
Absolute pleasure hearing Django and watching the fingerings!
Django pour Band in a Box (HDR) July 2015
October 2015 Wes In a Box (HWR)
Wes Montgomery transcriptions are ready with the real sound synced with the notes and the tab.
March 2016 Charlie in a Box (HCR)
Charlie Christian transcriptions are ready with the real sound synced with the notes and the tab.
July 2016 Parker in a Box (HPR)
Charlie Parker transcriptions are ready with the real sound synced with the notes and the tab.
March 2018 DiaB (HDR) Ornaments
Django transcriptions now includes the Ornaments (HO), (PO), Slides and more accurate Bends !
May 2018 DiaB (HDR) Ornaments Synced
Django transcriptions now are not only visually synced with the score,now the Real Tracks and the Midi are Completely Musically Synced with the Real Recordings!
September 2019 DiaB (VS & BT)
277 Video Scores and Backing Tracks plus 27 new BB Django Solos!
And 55 Joe Pass & 22 Grant Green For Band in a Box in Hear Ready Form!
No excuse... from now on for learning the Jazz Guitar !
Thanks for your time and I hope you will enjoy learning and jamming with DiaB transcriptions!
P.S In case you are broke and want few of the songs just contact me!