Django’s Hand: The Story of Success


If you are looking for inspiration to boost your enthusiasm for following your dreams this year, you will find it in the story of the famous guitarist and banjo player Jean-Baptiste Reinhardt, better known by his stage name Django. Born on the 23rd of January 1910  in LiberchiesPont-à-Celles, Belgium, into a family of travelling Manouche Gypsy entertainers, Django Reinhardt had never had any formal education and remained functionally illiterate well into his adulthood. However, right from early childhood, he pursued his passion for music. His first instrument was the violin, but it was the banjo that really got him going. Lacking a teacher, Django spent days watching other musicians, memorising their fingering and then practicing at home. When on some occasion his uncle handed young Django a guitar, the boy astonished everyone around him with his maturity and the confidence in his technique. He was then…

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