Falando de Amor – Harmony & Improvisation
In this lesson Jovino looks in more detail at Antonio Carlos Jobim’s choro canção Falando de Amor, including details about improvisation, harmony and chord voicing.
Falando de Amor contains some harmonic features which are similar to typical jazz progressions but with alterations that make them uniquely Brazilian. Jobim’s use of the Cm6/Eb chord as the 2 chord in a minor 2-5-1 in G minor is rarely seen in jazz but very effective in this instance. Similarly, the first chord of the piece, F#dim7, replaces what would typically be a D7b9 and offers a different and unique colour. The B sections consist mostly of more standard jazz harmony, providing a contrast to the darker sound of the A sections.
Jovino shows us some possibilities for improvisation on this piece that take advantage of the romantic nature of the harmony, as well as some methods of improvisation that differ from what we would ordinarily do in jazz.