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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Bossa Nova (Fingerstyle)

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Tips and Techniques,
Bossa Nova (Fingerstyle).
I'm gonna tell you a little bit
about how to play Bossa Nova.
When you're comping Bossa Nova,
you're using your fingers.
S this is kind of a finger-style
exercise instead of using the pick.
As we have previously been doing so,
I have a little backing track for you.
I will show you the chords and
I will show you the technique for
the basic bossa tune.
[SOUND]
So the basic thing would be to just start
with a chord [SOUND] This is an A major 7,
A we have G sharp, and
we have C sharp, and we have E.
[MUSIC]
So
what I'm doing, I'm using these
three fingers, one for each string.
The third for the second string,
the second for the third string,
and the first for the fourth string.
So, like this, [SOUND] And now using
the thumb for the lower E string.
[MUSIC]
Then, you see,
here I am hitting them all once.
[SOUND] Then just these,
without the bass, then an open E string.
[MUSIC]
And then the chord again.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Open string.
[MUSIC]
Alternate.
[MUSIC]
You can do different rhythms here.
[MUSIC]
Like this.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And this is, E is the 5th of A,
so I'm alternating between the root and
the 5th.
The next chord will be D major 7.
[MUSIC]
Like this D, A, C sharp, F sharp, and A.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC]
The next one
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Just doing the same,
using the same technique.
But this time, we have, the 5th is the A.
So you do an open A string.
Or, like this.
[MUSIC]
This is another way of playing the rhythm.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Up, down, up.
Up, down, up.
Up, down, up.
Like this.
[MUSIC]
The next chord would
be C sharp minor 7 flat 5.
[MUSIC]
If you want to alternate at C
sharp and G, B and E.
If you want to alternate with the 5th,
yeah,
you have a flat 5 on this chord,
so you have to.
Do this.
[MUSIC]
Next chord is
F sharp 7 flat 5.
[MUSIC]
Here,
I'm using the thumb, I kinda like to use
the thumb around the neck like this.
[MUSIC]
But it's just my personal taste.
You can use this.
But it will make it easier if you
want to do just add the flat 5,
to, to have an alternating bass note.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Like that.
And then we have the B minor 7.
But here we can use the voicing like this.
[MUSIC]
We have the root,
we have the minor 7,
we have the 9, and we have the 11.
[MUSIC]
And this is the minor 3rd in D.
So.
[MUSIC]
Alternating with
the 5th, in this case.
F sharp.
[MUSIC]
And next
chord is a D minor,
6 or 9, D minor 6 9.
If you want to add the 5th on top,
you can do it,
[MUSIC]
If you want to do it faster,
might sound like this.
[MUSIC]
And then, finally.
[MUSIC]
Kind of an E7 soft chord.
[MUSIC]
Like a D triad over E.
[MUSIC]
Then you have the 5th here.
The B.
[MUSIC]
Up in 7th position.
[MUSIC]
During this chord progression,
we won't stay that long at each chord so
you won't have time to alternate the bass.
So this is more like
[MUSIC]
Maybe here and there, you have something,
[MUSIC]
If you like to.
If you, or if you just wanna stay.
[MUSIC]
At the root.
[MUSIC]
You can do, you can stay on the root.
[MUSIC]
You can do like this.
[MUSIC]
Or if you want to start
alternating to the bass.
A little bit more difficult.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Variation
[MUSIC]
Two upstrokes, down, up, up.
Down, up, up.
[MUSIC]
Alternating the bass.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So here we go,
here's the backing track for
the bossa nova.
[MUSIC]
Hear my,
hear am I alternating the bass notes.
[MUSIC]
Here's without it, just the basic.
[MUSIC]
Couple of other voicings
on the top strings.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Same chorus just different voicing.
[MUSIC]
Like that.
[MUSIC]