Finally, this is your chance to learn some of the most popular Bossa Nova songs including:
Girl From Ipanema
So Danco Samba
Samba de Orfeu
One Note Samba
Agua De Beber
Mas Que Nada(as played by Sergio Mendes Brazil 66)
For this Intro to Bossa Nova course, the seven songs will be chosen from this list. Most 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.
Many of these chords are quite unique and can be applied to spice up your chord palette and songwriting, too.
A strong emphasis will be on learning the melodies to the songs. Tracy will teach using tab notation 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.
If you are a non-guitarist, you are welcome to take the class with an emphasis on the melody and harmony. Standard notation will also be used.
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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