It feels like YouTube has been around forever, but really, we've only been obsessed with this technology for a little over 10 years. Before YouTube, I had never seen someone slap a guitar like Andy McKee, and had definitely never seen any Gypsy Jazz guitarists. I fell in love with this video of Joscho Stephan playing "Bossa Dorado."
The way my mind works, I knew I could never learn this note for note. However, I watched it so much, and also learned a couple gypsy jazz licks from one of his instructional videos. Then I did what I knew I could do: put those licks in a bluegrass song! This version of "El Cumbanchero" has some of the licks I took from Joscho's video.
Incidently, this was performed at Kaufman Kamp in 2012. If you're learning an acoustic instrument, it is a great time! Click here for more details.