Here’s a video of me playing a tune called Blue Bossa with my Mya Moe baritone, Martin T-1 and a little help from my looper pedal. Please give the video a look. It will give you an idea of the type of the rhythm and groove that I am interested in teaching today.
BASIC BOSSA NOVA:
Before I start talking about technical details like fingering and counting I’d like you to get a really clear idea of the rhythm that we are going to play.
Here I clap the rhythm of a basic Bossa Nova beat please give it a listen, try to clap along and get this simple rhythm “in your bones”:
For learning purposes purposes I assign some spoken syllables to the rhythm that go like this:
“Pinch Ja Boo Ja “
This may seem a little bizarre but please bear with me. Please learn to say “Pinch Ja Boo Ja” in the Bossa Nova rhythm. We’ll associate a picking hand movement with each of these syllables later in the lesson. We are laying the ground work! Click the below to listen:
Let’s put it together…
Below is a little video that demonstrates a simple Bossa Nova picking pattern using the “Pinch Ja Boo Ja” method. I play a simple chord progression to demonstrate:
| Am | D7 |
| Dm | G7 |
Then I play through the chords to Blue Bossa! There is a chart for Blue Bossa at the bottom of the page for your reference.
Enjoy the video:
Okay! Please, work on the basic Bossa Nova rhythm until you are very comfortable with it. When you are ready for more here is a challenge for you.
A SAMBA RHYTHM:
I want to show you a rhythm that I have been using since it was shown to me by my Argentinian musician friend Carlos Ortega. I always thought it was Bossa Nova pattern but I have recently learned that it is a Samba pattern. I use it on Bossa Nova tunes though!
I am going to present this SAMBA rhythm the same way I presented the simple BOSSA rhythm.
Here’s a recording of me clapping the SAMBA rhythm then I add the “Pinch Ja Boo Ja” syllables to it. Hopefully with what you have learned so far you will be able to figure out the picking pattern. Give it a try! Just a quick heads up. This Samba pattern is TWICE as long as the Bossa pattern:
Please click the image above to hear the recording
Here’s a video of me demonstrating the Samba rhythm and also applying it to the chords of Blue Bossa:
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Here is a tabbed out version of the two patterns. You may notice the classical picking hand notation: “p.i.m.a”
Thumb=p Index=i Middle=m Ring finger=a