Watch the No Note Samba online guitar lesson by Fareed Haque from 1-2-3 Bossa Nova
Okay, I know this is a samba not a bossa, right? Right. We tricked you. So what's the difference? It's simple, and complicated at the same time, as are all good things. The samba is a rhythm in many fundamental ways exactly the same as the bossa nova, but in other ways essentially different. Samba began as a drum music, a march music. The 2-3, 2-2-3, 2-2 rhythm really comes from the samba as much as it comes from anywhere - so while that's the same, typically a samba is in 2, with an accent on the second beat. Remember that we drove home the concept that a bossa is in 4, like jazz. In fact authentic samba starts on the 2nd beat, and the first beat, the downbeat, is understated, becomes the release for the 2nd beat. So don't count 1, 2, 1, 2. Rather count 2, 1, 2, 1. I can't tell you how many times I've started a samba and had the band come in backwards, thinking 2 was 1. Anyway, check out some samba parades on YouTube and dig on the cavaquinho, a small uke-like guitar that jams on top of like 50 drummers and samba dancing freaks and freakettes. It's a loud little mother.