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Só Danço Samba (Yet another Friday lunch jam session)

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:43 pm
by Michael Willis
This week we recorded an improv session on a classic bossa nova piece: Só Danço Samba! This one was a fun time.

https://soundcloud.com/user-201997735/s ... 2019-09-13

Re: Só Danço Samba (Yet another Friday lunch jam session)

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:11 pm
by ufug
Well, that made me smile! Sounds like fun in that room. Thanks Michael!

Re: Só Danço Samba (Yet another Friday lunch jam session)

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:40 pm
by Digital Larry
Nice!

Re: Só Danço Samba (Yet another Friday lunch jam session)

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:15 pm
by Rainmak3r
I love bossanova, and have always been particularly envious of who can play it: I wouldn't know how to start! Great track!

Re: Só Danço Samba (Yet another Friday lunch jam session)

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:20 pm
by Michael Willis
Thanks everybody.

Rainmak3r wrote:I love bossanova, and have always been particularly envious of who can play it: I wouldn't know how to start! Great track!

I don't really know much about bossanova at all, this just happened to be in the book we're playing from: The Real Easy Book.

Re: Só Danço Samba (Yet another Friday lunch jam session)

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:22 pm
by Rainmak3r
Michael Willis wrote:Thanks everybody.

Rainmak3r wrote:I love bossanova, and have always been particularly envious of who can play it: I wouldn't know how to start! Great track!

I don't really know much about bossanova at all, this just happened to be in the book we're playing from: The Real Easy Book.


I guess it's because bossanova is basically light jazz, and it's jazz I can't wrap my head around :D

Re: Só Danço Samba (Yet another Friday lunch jam session)

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:40 pm
by Michael Willis
Rainmak3r wrote:I guess it's because bossanova is basically light jazz, and it's jazz I can't wrap my head around :D

Sure you can. I used to think the same thing until I started practicing with some jazz musicians. To be fair, jazz theory can go really deep, but to get started you just have to get used to the idea that you have a chord progression that you're improvising over, and you can find a scale that corresponds to each chord. The chords in simple jazz standards tend to be mostly or all 7th chords.

Let's say the first 3 chords in the progression are C7, A7, and D7. You might pick the following scales to correspond with those chords:

C Blues Scale - C Eb F Gb G Bb C
A Mixolydian - A B C# D E F# G A
D Mixolydian - D E F# G A B C D

You can do pretty much whatever you want within those notes during the corresponding chords without sounding horrible. Beyond that, there is a lot of jazz theory to explore, but that will get you started. The Real Easy Book has several jazz standards to try out, and it is presented in a way that you can open up to one of them, see the chord progression and melody on the left page, and on the right page it suggests scales that you can use to improvise.

Re: Só Danço Samba (Yet another Friday lunch jam session)

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:29 am
by psyocean
Music relaxes and peacefuls. Listening to this track is a pleasure :)