Summer Samba Tutorial (Samba de Verão)
In this lesson we explore the harmony and melody of the tune “Samba de Verão”, also known as “Summer Samba”.
The song was written by the great Marcos Valle with lyrics written by his brother Paulo Sérgio Valle.
This tune is characterised by the chromaticism which appears throughout the melody. The chromaticism has a somewhat bluesy character that can be emphasised during improvisation.
Holding the bass note over a ii-V progression is a characteristic substitution used in Brazilian music and particularly when playing songs in the Bossa Nova style.
This turns the V7 chord into a ii-6 chord and it is one of the characteristic elements of Jobim’s music. Jovino demonstrates with a 25 in Bb using a C bass for both chord.
“Summer Samba” – Transcription File Type: pdf
“Summer Samba” – Chord Chart File Type: pdf
Learn the original changes and then experiment with reharmonisations that Jovino presents.
Practice the accompaniment for the tune using left hand bass line and right hand rootless voicings.
Study the demonstrations by Jovino showing the minimal role of the piano in the Bossa Nova groove.