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Bossa Nova Guitar

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An Introductory Guitar Workshop exploring the Rhythms of Bossa Nova. Learn the Fundamentals of Bossa Nova by Exploring Over a Dozen commonly used Bossa Nova Guitar Patterns. Guitar Tablature & Rhythmic Notation included for each guitar pattern.

* Featuring over 30 tutorial diagrams of HD Video Examples, Guitar Tab, and Audio Clips in Three Progressive Levels:

I)Warm-ups Exercises ( Easier Fundamental Rhythm Concepts before adding in Syncopated Rhythms).
II)Rhythm Patterns (Common, Standard Patterns for Study, Without Alternating Bass for Beginners).
III)Bass Rhythms (Same Patterns as Level II with the addition of Alternating the Thumb).

Rhythmic Cells for Reference for More In Depth Analysis, Thumb Notes Included (For all examples, your thumb always plays on a down beat)

* Each Workshop Pattern contains an HD Video Example & SIX Audio Clips for Play-Along :

1) Slow - Solo Guitar (100 bpm)

2) Medium - Solo Guitar (115 bpm)

3) Fast - Solo Guitar (130 bpm)

4) Slow - Guitar with Drums/Bass

5) Medium - Guitar with Drums/Bass

6) Fast - Guitar with Drums/Bass

•All tracks recorded using a 1962 nylon-stringed guitar, yet Bossa Nova can be played on whatever guitar you may have

•All examples use the following 8 bar progression featuring the same chords: C6/9, D9, Dm9, Db9, and back to C6/9. The same progression is used to highlight the difference in the rhythms that make each pattern unique. Once you feel comfortable using the rhythmic patterns, experiment by using them in your favorite bossa nova & jazz standards!

•Playing tips: Remember your right thumb will always play on a downbeat, it keeps the pulse while your other fingers tend to do the syncopated rhythms

•Right Hand Technique (For All Patterns) : Your Thumb always plays upon either the Low E & A strings. Your Index finger always plays upon the D String. Your Middle Finger always plays upon the G String. And, lastly, your Ring Finger always plays upon the B string for all patterns

•Strive to play the slowest tempo well before moving onto the next tempo. Also, it is recommended to internalize each pattern well before moving onto the next one. Find a tempo you can enjoy and make it musical, no need to rush

•Keep a relaxed feel when practicing. A cool, eloquent restraint is desired. Finesse will follow with patience & practice

* Experiment Combining the Patterns over your Favorite Bossa Nova & Samba & Jazz Changes

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