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As you’ll hear in this lesson, there’s a good reason why I want you to learn the fundamentals of playing the bossa nova. I got myself into a sticky situation in the past, and I want to save you the same embarrassment. You’ll have to watch the lesson to find out what happened!
The bossa nova is one of the most popular and widely used of the latin style bass lines, so if you’re looking to work as a professional bass player getting this into your tool bag is a must. It’s also a great way of learning and practicing your chord tones/arpeggios but in a more musical way than just running up and down the fingerboard. Because the bossa nova is of a medium tempo, it will give you time to actually think about your note choice and fretboard visualisation, something that can be tough within faster tempo’s.
Once you’ve worked through the lesson I recommend that you look beyond the bossa nova and research other latin styles of music. As the rhythm’s used within within this genre of music can be so syncopated, for a bassist there is is a lot learn from this… and it can be a lot of fun too!
As always… see you in the shed,
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A bit about me…
I’ve performed, recorded, shared taxis, vans, planes and boats with players such as, Georgie Fame, Adrian Ingram, Martin Simpson, Dennis Rollins, Gary Boyle, Neil Brocklebank, The Drifters, The Four Tops, The Nolans, Marisa Turner (Prince, Chaka Kahn), Peter Grant (top 5 jazz artist), Spyro Gyra, Ogie Alcasid, Vina Morales and has performed at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express (London Soho), The 606 Club, The Vortex, Dubai International Jazz festival and Montreal grand prix.
I’ve also studied with an amazing host of world class musicians including Skuli Sverrisson (Allan Holdsworth), Jeff Andrews, Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Brad Shepik, Adam Rogers, and Gary Willis.