mike scott wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:53 pm
I am starting into the realm of bossa nova. I did a search here, but didn't find what I was looking for. I have an instructional DVD done by Rick Udler, but am wondering what other resources me be available. Where I live there is no instructor. So I am wondering what other/ or maybe better resources may be available for Brazilian style guitar music. I will most likely just noodle away with the various chords and rhythms-at least for starters.
The Brazilian Guitar Book by Nelson Faria is excellent and it comes with a CD too. The best thing to do is buy a couple of famous Bossa nova albums and just listen to get a good feel of the rhythm(s). The Stan Getz albums with Astrud & Joao Gilberto and the album Getz did with Luiz Bonfa are a great start as are the Joao Gilberto solo albums and a good number of Antonio Carlos Jobim albums, notably one called Wave. Buy a Fake BookReal Book and learn the chord changes to these essential tunes
The Girl From Ipanema
Manha De Carnaval (The from Black Orpheus)
One Note Samba
The Gentle Rain
How Insensitive (Insensatez)
Watch all the videos on YouTube of Joao Gilberto comping and singing these famous tunes at the same time, he's the man who invented the style. There's also a nice video of Jobim accompanying Frank Sinatra which you can learn a lot from.
Classical guitarists play sophisticated and often difficult arrangements of these tunes because they're trying to cram and skillfully fit the melody and bossa accompaniment on one instrument, no easy task.
Before you attempt those kinds of arrangements learn to play the various bossa nova accompaniments first just with block chords. If you sing that's great - I actually enjoy someone singing a nice bossa tune whilst accompanying themselves on guitar as much as an instrumental solo guitar arrangement.
other guitarist/singers on YouTube you can learn from are Rosa Passos, Paulinho Noguiera, Ana Caram, Joyce, Caetano Veloso, Luiz Bonfa, Charlie Byrd and lots of others. Good luck!