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Basic Brazilian Clave (Guitar Lesson)


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Peter Einhorn

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.

Taught by Peter Einhorn in Brazilian Guitar with Peter Einhorn seriesLength: 7:34Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


Brazilian Essential Discography

Traditional:

Elis Regina "Elis and Tom"
Antonio Carlos Jobim "Wave"
Joao Donato "Danco Samba"
Joao Gilberto "The Legenday Joao Gilberto", "Live in Montreux"
Stan Getz "The Girl from Ipanema"
Sinatra/Jobim "The Complete Reprise Recordings" (compilation)
Sarah Vaughan "Brazilian Romance"
Black Orpheus (Manha De Carnaval). Movie Soundtrack.

Contemporary:

Joao Bosco "Gagabrio", "Ao Vivo " (live)
Dori Cayammi "Kicking Cans"
Toninho Horta - "Aquelas Coisas Todas"

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Member Comments about this Lesson

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chas52chas52 replied on February 20th, 2015

thank you for these absolutely fantastic lessons Peter.

nate_thegreatnate_thegreat replied on April 12th, 2014

I think there's a mistake in the supp content. The tab has the bass notes being played "staccato" during the C69-Fmaj7 progression, while in the video he is letting them ring out. It's one of the keys to the sound from what I've heard. Emily Remler touched on this in one of her interviews, too.

haiku100haiku100 replied on September 21st, 2013

I hope you will present more Brazilian lessons. Great info. Thanks.

Brig07Brig07 replied on February 22nd, 2013

Thank you so much for all the excellent material! You're a great teacher and I'm so glad Jamplay has such a wide range of styles and genres!

Brazilian Guitar with Peter Einhorn

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Learn to play Brazilian style guitar like the Bossa and Samba



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 Members 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...

Length: 6:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 7:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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 Members 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
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 Members 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...

Length: 7:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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...

Length: 13:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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 Members 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"...

Length: 13:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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 Members Only

About Peter Einhorn View Full Biography Peter has performed and / or recorded with Joe Lavono, Jimmy Cobb, Steve Swallow, Placido Domingo, John Abercrombie, Steve Kuhn, Eddie Daniels, Roland Hanna, Walter Booker and many others.

Peter has honed his teaching skills from 20 years of service at the National Guitar Workshop, 10 years teaching guitar students and ensembles at Bard College in N.Y., and, to this day, maintains some private students. As a professional jazz & latin musician in New York City and Miami he has played in many top venues. His work at the Metropolitan opera in New York City over a period of three years should be noted. He has written for network television (NBC, ABC)) and for video (History Channel) and has over 25 scores to his credit. Peter has performed and / or recorded with Joe Lavano, Jim Hall, Steve Swallow, Placido Domingo, John Abercrombie, Steve Kuhn, Eddie Daniels, Roland Hanna and many others. Peter is licensed in Instrumental Music, K-12 in New York State. His guitar improvisational instruction books; "Introducing the Dorian Mode" and "Introducing the Mixolydian Mode", are currently available from Alfred Publishing. He lives in Woodstock, NY with his wife and two children.

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