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June 5, 2012

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Master Bossa and Samba styles for violin, viola, & cello, with transcriptions, audio commentary & video.

Included in this course:

  • 4 instructional videos on Bossa & Samba, solo violin improvisation, and creating a backing track and loops
  • 30 minute in-depth audio commentary in which I share analysis and tips
  • Bowed & fingered transcriptions of both solo takes & backing track
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There’s often a gateway style that leads classical musicians to do more. For me the gateway was rock music during high school that primed the pump to be open to modern jazz, composition, arranging, and more.

Some styles are easier for classical musicians to access and assimilate due to the relative familiarity of rhythms, harmonies, or melodies. Jazz, with it’s reliance on triplet-based swing, complex harmonies, and unfamiliar melodies, can be difficult for classical musicians.

Bossas and Sambas, like Rock, with their reliance on duple feel, may be a more logical next step to follow on Rondos, Allegrettos, and Allegros; It still offers plenty of challenges, which are complimentary to those found in rock, funk, bluegrass and other styles.

That’s my theory, and it’s why I think Bossas, Sambas, and Choros are perfect for classically trained musicians to gain fluency and creativity.

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