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Jazz Bass Lessons: Etude 22: A Minor

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This one's an A minor,
and it's a bossa nova.
So remember the bossa nova again
is sort of a half note rhythm.
[SOUND] That reason why it's
a half note rhythm is In Brazil,
there's a drum called a surdo drum.
It's a big drum they use at Carnival.
They use a big mallet on it and
it goes [SOUND].
So when you play bass in Brazilian music,
in a bossa nova or
a samba, you think about that
drum sometimes happening,
that you're playing the drum part there.
So you're playing those half notes.
It's a little more pronounced.
I mean,
the surdo is more used in the samba.
But it helped me to learn how
to play bossa nova better so
that I wouldn't always play
ding-dee-ding ding-ding on a bossa nova.
Some people lean toward that and
when you play with the Brazilian folks,
they steer you away from that.
So, occasionally you can
play ding ding-ding ding,
that little pattern but
mainly it's a half note feeling.
So learn your melody which is whole notes
and half notes and then once you feel good
about that, you'll get four times
through on this, so you can experiment.
You can play the melody straight, you
can play it a little more freed up, and
then you can practice playing
a bass line the second two times.
Let's try it.