It is recommended that you bring your instrument for practicing.
Understanding rhythmic syncopation and how syncopation is used in Brazilian music, as well as how to apply these principles to melodic interpretation.You will learn a variety of rhythmic patterns that are used in samba, bossa nova and baião, and explore ways to practice these patterns on scales, patterns, and modes, and chord changes. Other topics include how to understand and read in the 2/4 time signature, beat placement, and melodic embellishments. These exercises will be especially helpful to melodic instruments, who generally don’t practice rhythmic patterns the same way that rhythm section musicians do!
Explanation of syncopation
How to read 2/4 time
Different ways to syncopate melodies
Basic Samba pattern
Practicing on one note
Practicing on scales
Practicing on scale patterns and arpeggios
Explanation of Bossa Nova
How to apply syncopation to create a Bossa Nova melody
Applying a syncopated rhythm to simple harmony in Bossa Nova
1 bar pattern, 2 bar pattern, extending the pattern
Choro and embellishments – 16th notes.
Baião and mixolydian scales
Improvising on basic baião pattern
Practicing on Brazilian songs – ideas and variations
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