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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: My Funny Valentine - Bossa Feel Part 2

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With this kinda rhythm, and with this,
when you're,
when you're accompanying a particular, you
don't want to get really busy.
You know, the whole thing about this is
it's almost kinda hypnotic.
I was going to say monotonous.
It's, but it, It shouldn't be monotonous,
but it should have a hypnotic effect.
That's why people love Bossa Nova because
it's very relaxing.
It just has this very hypnotic effect.
[MUSIC]
That rhythm.
[MUSIC]
I mean, you can do little things.
[MUSIC]
So, with that, with that field, then,
what I do here is, I just pick the melody
out on the top.
[MUSIC]
Keep the,
keep the Bossa Nova rhythm quite, quite
soft and, and gentle.
Soft and gentle.
The Girl from Ipanema, I think that was
part of the lyrics to that.
And make sure that melody is really
singing out.
[MUSIC]
Remember the, the internal dynamics.
[MUSIC]
Sorry for using my thumb there.
I, that's a very bad habit, but it's
something I do quite often.
[MUSIC]
What I've done here on this chord.
[MUSIC]
Dissonance,
remember I talk about that a lot.
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And it's tension.
[MUSIC]
Release.
[MUSIC]
It's, it's quite difficult to play like
this and play at this kinda tempo.
It, it's a lot harder than it, the, than
it seems.
Sometimes it's, it's easier to actually
get a little bit of speed up to.
That kinda helps you carry along.
But the important thing, number one is to
keep that Bossa Nova rhythm going.
[MUSIC]
Set your metronome for around about 120,
125.
[MUSIC]
I just really, first of all,
just try it with that intro and with, with
the coda.
Just to really get used to playing the
right hand.
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And then go through the.
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In a way, before you even attempt to, to
play this as a, as a solo piece,
you know, I would really kinda get that,
that feeling under your skin.
So that, and it feels very natural to
play.
After a while you do get into the kinda
hypno, hypnotic thing.
Of playing it and you've, you've it's,
it's one of these funny things once you,
once you've been doing it for a, for a
while.
It kinda [LAUGH] can send you into a
little bit of trance.
You're not even used to, you're not even
sorta conscious that, that,
that you're kinda playing it.
That's what kinda happens to me.
[MUSIC]
But just
[MUSIC]
Just perfect that, that kinda thing.
[MUSIC]
That rhythm.
That feel there.
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Don't play any faster than this.
[MUSIC]
So,
that's a short lesson on My Funny
Valentine and the Bossa Nova, feel.
I hope that's been a help to you.
And one, once you've, you know, you've
tried this, and you,
you come up with some things.
Maybe even on a, on a, on another tune, if
you like.
Please, submit a, a video, I'd love to see
it,
and, I'd be, re, very happy to, to respond
to that.
Thanks a lot.
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