Brazilian Groove Quest
by, 04-24-2012 at 08:50 AM (20933 Views)
I don’t know exactly when it happened but as a teenager I heard some bossa nova Jobim’s “Wave” album,
think it was a restaurant soundtrack, at the time way to sophisticated for my cloth ears but it planted a seed that has stayed with me to this day. When I took classical lessons back in the early 80’s I tried to master “Wave” but the arrangement was too far away from my technique and I had a Les Paul and wanted to rrrrock more badly. So this fascination for the sound of nylon strings and Brazilian rhythms got shelved and shrouded in mystic, filed away for another day. The nylon guitar got sold to finance another plank something or other, too many, and only a year ago a humble Yamaha electro cutaway nylon came my way. There’s something about the percussive bounce to playing a nylon acoustic that has me hooked again almost like you have to wrestle it but if you play with a light touch it comes to life. And when you play those exotic named chords that bossa nova has in its vocab that beautiful sound of Brazilian air[rose tints]. Recent investigation has made me realize that you have to let go those internalized 4/4 grooves that you absorb over, well forever to sound authentic, bossa lives in 2/4.
So howzit work, lol, how hard can it be I’ve asked myself. Well right now it’s the same as learning a language and might as well be Portuguese. I searched for a good resource to learn the musical rhythm and it’s a humbling 40bpm’s on the ‘nome and counting these dots’s out and along with 3 rhythm exercises from a Romero Lubambo course that I’ve had for a while, every day at the moment, repeat, internalize, repeat, internalize. I was beginning to learn a handful of BN songs and apart from the usual battle with some tricky changes I was thinking in the wrong rhythm=like a generic latin feel which is wrong anyway which is OK but not what my finely tuned life enhanced super radar was hearing on Joao Gilberto moves. Rhythm cells, subtle differences in each bar like a shook up rhythm factory oozing grooviness that’s what I’m hearing but the mechanics arrrrrgh, something’s coming but the realization that it could be months ahead yet, one day at a time, frustrating cos I want to get back to learning the songs.
Mantra: must get the rhythm down, locked in, then move on....grasshopper!!