Finally, this is your chance to learn the many of the most popular Bossa Nova songs including: Girl From Ipanema, Corcovado, How Insensitive, So Danco Samba, Black Orpheus, Samba de Orfeu, One Note Samba, Wave, Meditation, Summer Samba, Desafinado, Triste, Agua De Beber, and Mas Que Nada.
For this Intro to Bossa Nova course, many of the seven songs chosen were composed by either Antonio Carlos Jobim or Luiz Bonfa, two of the most important songwriters in Brazil in the 1950-60's when Bossa Nova exploded in popularity around the world.
In addition to learning a new song each week. Tracy will teach many of the basic right hand comping patterns used in Bossa Nova. Just a few of these patterns with variations can be applied to any song to create that hypnotically soothing yet syncopated groove.
Also, you will learn the most common chord voicings as played by Brazilian guitarists such as Joao Gilberto, Luiz Bonfa, Baden Powell and the American ambassador of Bossa Nova Guitar, Charlie Byrd.
A strong emphasis will be on learning the melodies to the songs. Tracy will teach the melody(in Tab for guitarists) for each song studied in the class. Many of these are hauntingly beautiful and also vibrant with syncopated rhythms. Some songs will feature chord melody arrangement for solo guitar. All the music will be presented in tab and standard notation.
If you are a non-guitarist, you are welcome to take the class with an emphasis on the melody and harmony.
Traditionally played on the nylon string guitar, Tracy Kim performs these compositions(and many more) weekly at Portland restaurants such as Andina and El Gaucho. He uses either a nylon string or arch top jazz guitar.
For this course, please feel free to bring any guitar of your choice(acoustic is preferred).
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