In the video, I discuss the three crucial rhythmic elements of samba derived from percussion instruments. Mastering them through singing and practice can greatly enhance your samba rhythm.
In this video, I discuss 'Rapaz De Bem,' a song composed in 1952-53 that foreshadowed the main aspects of the Bossa Nova music movement in Brazil. The composer, Johnny Alf, was a pianist and singer who combined samba and jazz in the early 1950s and performed in Rio for musicians such as Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and Joao Donato.
On the Play-along Series, world-renowned musicians perform Brazilian music classics for you to learn and enjoy. This song features Helio Alves on piano, Itaiguara Brandão on bass, and Marcio Philomena on guitar.
To expand your rhythm vocabulary in Brazilian music, learn Choro melodies and rhythms, and incorporate them with proper articulation. Singing and clapping those rhythms helps internalize them faster, and can be applied to any instrument. This video shows step-by-step how to do that, with a historical view of Choro, Brazil's first independent music, born in Rio de Janeiro.
In the music community, there is a common perception that samba is a fast genre while bossa nova tends to be slower. However, in my upcoming video, I will investigate whether tempo alone is sufficient to differentiate between these two styles. I plan to analyze classic samba and bossa nova compositions by listening carefully to their tempos and rhythms.