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Brazilian Guitar with Peter Einhorn

Learn to play Brazilian style guitar like the Bossa and Samba

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In this lesson series, Peter will discuss and demonstrates the basic techniques and concepts behind Brazilian guitar styles like the Bossa and Samba.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Introduction to Brazilian Guitar

In the first lesson of his new Brazilian genre series, Peter Einhorn will be discussing what you'll cover in this series as well as some basics on the style.

Length: 4:22 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 2

Basic Rhythmic Technique

Much of the sound and style of Bossa and Samba comes from the picking hand technique utilized. In this lesson, Peter discusses and demonstrates the basic pinch pattern and rhythmic variations you'll be using.

Length: 6:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Major Chords

Now that you've learned some basic rhythms and pinch patterns, Peter discusses the basic major chords that are used in the Brazilian style.

Length: 5:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Basic Brazilian Clave

Now that you've learned the basic rhythmic pinch and basic chordal movements, it's time to start putting those concepts together. In this lesson, you'll learn the basic Clave rhythms used in the Brazilian style. Once you've got those rhythms down, you'll add chord movement to it.

Length: 7:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Minor and Dominant Chords

Getting back to some more chord work in the series, Peter discusses and demonstrates the minor and dominant chord voicings common to the Bossa and Samba styles.

Length: 13:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Two Bar Clave

In this lesson, Peter discusses the two bar clave that is common to the Brazilian style. You'll put together several patterns before combining it with chord movement.

Length: 6:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 7

More Minor Voicings

You've already learned ii - V progressions in major keys. In this lesson, Peter discusses common voicings built from the second and fifth scale degrees of the harmonic minor scale.

Length: 7:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

ii7 - V7 - Imaj7 Progression

Early in the series, Peter discussed how the ii7 - V7 - Imaj7 progression is widely used in all forms of jazz music. In this lesson, Peter goes into more depth on this progression. He also discusses how the VI7 chord is used to return to the ii7 chord.

Length: 7:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Adding Bass Notes

Now that you're becoming more comfortable with the clave patterns and common chordal movement, it's time to start adding bass notes into the mix. In this lesson, Peter discusses how bass notes are utilized in the Brazilian style. He also discuss chromatic passing tones and how to apply them.

Length: 13:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Bossa and Samba Progressions

In this lesson, Peter discusses and demonstrates a progression you might find in a Brazilian Bossa or Samba tune. Additionally, he discusses the use of suspended chords in these progressions.

Length: 7:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Brazilian Standards

In this lesson, Peter Einhorn takes a look at a traditional Brazilian standard. He also covers the lower approach tones common to the style as well as "tonic" diminished chords, aka "common tone embellishing" diminished chords.

Length: 13:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Samba

To wrap up his Brazilian lesson series, Peter Einhorn provides a performance of a Samba piece. He also discusses common chordal anticipations that occur in Samba tunes.

Length: 9:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
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