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Cello Lessons: “Blue Bossa”

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Blue Bossa,
one of the great Latin jazz tunes,
staple of any jazz musician's development.
It's a good jam tune, you can call it and
anyone will pretty much know it.
Because it's a Latin jazz tune,
we're not gonna be swinging our eights.
We're gonna be playing
with straight eights.
And, I wanna talk to you and
point you to a strum bowing lesson
that I taught in the rhythmic and
chordal playing series of videos.
Strum bowing is where we're filling
in the subdivisions with the bow, and
in Latin jazz, that's actually a really,
really important technique to develop.
And after you work on strum bowing,
maybe you could practice it in
like a C minor scale or something.
I want you to apply this strum
bowing to the melody of blue Bossa.
So instead of just holding the notes,
I want you to practice filling in these
sub divisions so you can really engage
with this melody on a rhythmic level.
So first,
I would fill in all the sub divisions.
And I would do that for the whole tune,
and just get used to keeping the melodic
rhythm strong even with the sub division,
then with the cunning use of ghost notes.
If you go back to those rhythm videos,
you'll learn about ghost notes.
If you throw in some ghost notes on
that non-accented notes of the melody,
then it might sound
a little bit like this.
My bow keeps moving,
but I can still choose
which notes to play.
This is gonna be really a key way for
you to get inside
the feel of a Latin tune.
Try applying the strum bowing and
the ghost notes to the melody.
And after you feel comfortable doing that,
actually use this technique in
your solo to make sure that you're
really improvising in a rhythmic way for
your solo.