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Easy Steps to Bossa Nova Guitar

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    Tutorial 1

    Chapter 1

    7:16

    Aaron plays some Bossa Nova and shares information on the history of the style.

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    Tutorial 2

    Chapter 2

    10:42

    In this video, Aaron breaks down the Brazilian guitar. Then, he covers the absolute basics to help you get started.

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    Tutorial 3

    Chapter 3

    10:01

    Aaron explores chords and helps you learn to identify the different chords by memory.

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    Tutorial 4

    Chapter 4

    8:23

    Aaron shows you different examples and variations.

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    Tutorial 5

    Chapter 5

    12:26

    Next up, Aaron takes things to the next level with some valuable techniques, helping you raise your confidence in your playability.

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    Tutorial 6

    Chapter 6

    6:35

    Aaron shows you some different chords and how they can be applied to different Brazilian songs.

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    Tutorial 7

    Chapter 7

    7:42

    Aaron shows a couple of different places where you can insert the chords you've learned. He also shares some tips on how to use them smoothly.

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    Tutorial 8

    Chapter 8

    14:48

    This video covers the last two chords along with some signature techniques. Aaron then signs off and plays one last example.

Aaron Gilmartin builds your bossa nova guitar technique step-by-step, providing chordal exercises, melodic passages and syncopated picking along with invaluable guitar advice and musical knowledge.

Based on a melding of jazz voicings and samba rhythms, this gently swinging fingerpicking-based style will bring new colors and rhythms to all your guitar accompaniments and solos.

He opens the lesson with his original song, Hold the Place, based around a typical four-chord progression that will give your playing an instantly recognizable Brazilian sound while putting it into a present day singer/songwriter context.

Teaching in "little bites" so you can absorb each musical idea, Aaron carefully demonstrates the chord shapes, rhythms, turnarounds, and progressions that will allow you to work out arrangements for Girl from Ipanema, Black Orpheus, Desafinado and other international hits.

Although this style can be played on any type of guitar, this music is best played on nylon strings. Get your Bossa Nova chops going today!

PeterCtunes
Submitted 7 months ago

A bit slow

While there are some interesting and useful parts it takes an age to get to them and he never really puts them all together. For the amount of time spent I learned very little.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer

Response from Customer Service:

Hi and thank you for leaving us a review of this Homespun.com DVD we were lucky enough to get to share with you! I'm sure the good people at Homespun thank you for your review as well.
Yes, the instructor does spend the first several videos going over the different styles and variations before diving into chords and technique but we've broken the DVD down into sections so feel free to jump to any video you like and start from there!
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Eliot
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Bossa Intro - thank you

Well thought out and presented videso - the pdf is excellent as well.

I am a: Mastering Facility, Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV

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Mark
Submitted 2 years ago

Should be called "Chord explanations".

Very little detail on the rhythms, and polyrhythmic idiosyncrasies of Bossa Nova. Most of the video is spent on demonstrating basic jazz chord voicings. Almost nothing to do with the variety of rhythms used. Waste of money unfortunately.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

Response from Customer Service:

Hi Mark, Thanks for your review. Yes, this title is basic and is meant for the beginner. The techniques are taught in simple terms for those just trying to learn the chords and how to apply them. For those who already have an understanding of Bossa Nova voicings it may only serve as a review. All the best!
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Gorbag
Submitted 2 years ago

Great intro to playing Bossa Nova

I was excited to see this title show up and it turned out to be a great intro to Bossa Nova. I was able to keep up with the video and learn the chords as it was playing, creating great chords and lines. Would love to see more of this series in the future!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Hobbyist

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Aaron Gilmartin is a songwriter, a teacher, a guitarist and a composer. He tours as a singer songwriter and donates his performances at hospice and hospital care facilities. He started the organization #MusicianVolunteerArmy connecting with artists to perform in health care facilities. Aaron has worked with Hollywood composer Chris Young as engineer and assistant. He has played with Jacob Valenzuela (Iron and Wine and Calexico), Chris Letcher (Hugh Masekela) and Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracey Chapman, Amos Lee), Aaron plays on film scores, and composes music for film. Aaron's flamenco and bossa nova videos are studied around the world.

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Easy Steps to Bossa Nova Guitar is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Bossa Intro - thank you Well thought out and presented videso - the pdf is excellent as well.
Date published: 2016-09-22
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Should be called "Chord explanations". Very little detail on the rhythms, and polyrhythmic idiosyncrasies of Bossa Nova. Most of the video is spent on demonstrating basic jazz chord voicings. Almost nothing to do with the variety of rhythms used. Waste of money unfortunately.
Date published: 2016-07-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great intro to playing Bossa Nova I was excited to see this title show up and it turned out to be a great intro to Bossa Nova. I was able to keep up with the video and learn the chords as it was playing, creating great chords and lines. Would love to see more of this series in the future!
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from A bit slow While there are some interesting and useful parts it takes an age to get to them and he never really puts them all together. For the amount of time spent I learned very little.
Date published: 1969-12-31