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I am by no means an expert on Bossa Nova, or latin styles. This is a quick little lesson on how to get started. This information comes from listening and practical experience. Learn this little thing as a way to get started. Good luck!
Every year, I’ve been wroking on trying to add a new tune to my Christmas Tunes repertoire. With everything that goes on in the world, it’s easy to get caught up in all the negativity. For me, the “Charlie Brown Christmas” special has always been one of my favorites.
Here’s the chart I used. Please note that what I played was not absolutely precise to the transcription. Further, none of the solo is transcribed. I took liberties with what’s written.
If you want to know what I was thinking while improvising, it was simple: “Find notes that sound good and play those.”
…and yes. I’m being just a little bit smart-ass.
So here’s a tune I heard a fair amount when it came out. One of my dirty little secrets is that I’m a total sucker for good pop tunes. One minute I got my “stink face” on listening to some crazy Frank Zappa, the next I’m swooning to Martina McBride. After that I might go to Beethoven or maybe Earth Wind and Fire followed by a healthy dose of Dream Theater, Meshugga or maybe even Opeth.