Blue Bossa Part 1
Blue Bossa is a great tune to use as an intro to Bossa Nova style. It has a relatively short form at just 16 bars long and it contains both a major and a minor 251 progression. This gives you the opportunity to practice these important progressions in context of a Bossa tune.
When starting out playing Bossa Nova standards, it’s a good idea to separate and isolate the different elements that make up a Bossa Nova groove.
In this lesson I will demonstrating a 5 step process which you can use to approach any Bossa Nova tune you would like to learn.
1) Play through with just the comping voicings — do this in your right hand first and pay attention to good voice leading. Then move onto your left hand.
2) Next play through just the bass line in your left hand– remember that a nice bass line to start with is root and 5^th^. During this step you should also try to add chromatic approach patterns where applicable.
3) Step 3 is to play the baseline and the comping voicings together. Remember to play slowly and accurately to begin with and then gradually speed up the tempo. Add in chromatic approach patterns and also vary the alterations you are playing in your right hand.
4) Next introduce the melody on top . This will allow you to visualize where you can fill in with comping chords when the melody is static.
5) Step 5 is to play the bass line and the melody over the top. This step is trickier than the last step and it requires a lot of hand independence.
Spend some time isolating these different areas and then when you feel more comfortable with this move onto Part 2 of the tutorial.