Improvisation For Bossa & Samba Styles
In this lesson, we will explore improvisation and soloing styles in Brazilian music.
Using a simple 25 progression, we will demonstrate the key differences between the straight feel, and the swing feel.
Swing Feel vs. Straight Feel
You may be familiar with swing feel which is common in jazz. To improvise over Brazilian music, you must understand how to play with a straight feel where the notes are played evenly.
If your experience has been mostly playing jazz music, then you may have to spend some time practicing your straight feel. The division of notes must be even, and when you have that evenness, you can then play the syncopation effectively.
We focus on a number of rhythmic exercises to help you develop your straight feel. We start by improvising with a limited selection of notes. We then demonstrate the different placements:
- on the beat
- off the beat
- before the beat
- after the beat
By displacing your lines and phrases from one 16th note to the next, you can achieve a rainbow of rhythmic possibilities.