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Jazz Bass Lessons: Play Along: Samba

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Samba, one of the great and
most popular in a way,
rhythms from Brazil,
along of course with Bossa Nova and Baiao.
The Samba is the main event at Carnival
every year, when they celebrate Carnival
in Brazil, with the big dancing, and
the whole thing down the street and
the samba schools,
with all of the drummers and everything.
It's, again,
that half-note thing, [SOUND].
That's that sound of the surdo drum,
that big drum that they use while they're
marching, with the big soft beater.
And they actually mute the drum
a little bit, they go [SOUND].
That's what you have to think of.
You're really kind of a drum on this.
In this case,
the quarter note is moving slowly.
One, two, three, four,
but you'll hear the feel.
It's like what we call a double-time feel.
The drums are going [SOUND],
and the percussion [SOUND].
But remember the quarter note is here.
One, two, three, four, chord change,
two, three, four, chord change, two.
So you don't get,
caught up in the double-time feel,
and change the chords too quickly.
Okay?
All right.
This is Samba, medium tempo.
[MUSIC]
Now we're gonna do a faster samba.
Now, instead of doing a slow
count with a double time feel,
now we have what we call a cut
time feel or a feeling in two, so
the bars are traveling.
If you were gonna count the quarter notes
it'd be like, one, two, three, four, two,
two, three, four.
But the groove is going, [SOUND] so
you could think of it as one, two,
one, two, one, two, one, two,
and then you'd be right.
The changes,
they're gonna change quicker on this one.
Change two, three, two.
Two, two, two, two.
Change, two, two, two.
Change, two, change, two, change, okay?
So you get the idea.
Again, same half note thing.
Get in the groove.
Listen to the percussion.
You got great percussionists there,
a great drummer, great pianist.
It's terrific.
It should be very inspiring to you to
stay with that kind of half note pulse,
which now, you're in two.
One, two.
One, two.
One, [SOUND].
Think of that big sorta drum,
the people marching and
dancing down the street at carnival.
That's the kind of thing we're after here.
Okay.
[MUSIC]