In this lesson we create an arrangement for the tune “Insensatez” by Antonio Carlos Jobim. This tune is also known as “How Insensitive”.
Jobim based this tune on the Chopin prelude no.4 and it heavily features the melodic minor sound found in Romantic period classical music.
Creating A Full Arrangement
We start by analysing the form and harmony of the tune. We play through each section and talk about the harmonic moves and progressions.
We then play through the form again and apply a soft Bossa Nova/Samba groove to add a distinctly Brazilian flavour.
Finally we improvise over the chord changes and discuss the modes and chord scales that can be used to develop an improvised solo.
Experiment with upper structures and chromaticism over the A7b9 chord.
Apply the Lydian Mode over the major chords and accentuate the #11 in your improvised melodies.
Explore the use of the diminished scale as Jovino demonstrates in his improvisation.