The Girl From Ipanema might be the O.G. jazz Bossa Nova.
It's a classic, but it gets overlooked because, let's face it, it's been overplayed and sometimes butchered. But don't be fooled—beneath the surface lies a mesmerizing composition with a harmonic playground for the discerning improviser.
This étude will give you a simple, but elegant solo over the changes that will help you hear the harmony's guide tones and give you a feel for shaping melodic phrases that describe the harmony, without just "running changes."
Choose Your Path:
1️⃣ MP3 Download: Challenge yourself with transcription and "connect the dots" to form your own insights.
2️⃣ Transposed PDF: No hassle with transcribing - dive right in and play along with ease, tailored for Bb, Eb, and C instruments.
3️⃣ Comprehensive Video Lesson: Join me in unraveling the magic woven into this timeless jazz/Bossa Nova gem. Discover the intricate dance between melody and harmony.
🎷 What Awaits in the Video Lesson? 🎷
🔍 1:11 - Dive deep into the melody's nuances.
🔄 1:51 - Unravel secondary dominants and tritone substitutions.
🎢 2:21 - Another famous jazz standard with a nearly identical 'A' section
🌉 3:17 - Navigate the bridge's intricate harmony.
🃏 4:50 - Employing the "swapping minor for major" trick.
🎸 5:20 - Demystify dominant chords and their alterations.
👂 6:30 - Analyze the solo etude, dissecting rhythms, motifs, and melodies.
🤔 11:09 - Delve into thinking vs. not thinking - the art of improvisation.
🎵 12:14 - Break down the bridge through the lens of the solo.
📖 13:45 - Craft narratives in your solos with seamless connections.
🌟 15:42 - Crack the code of the 3-6-2-5-1 progression, especially the elusive "3" part!
🎶 16:27 - Harness the melody to choose the perfect scale for dominant chords.
🎼 17:16 - Unlock a secret to modern sounds with this minor triad pair technique.
🚀 18:50 - Speed up your thinking with this game-changing tip!
What Bob's Virtual Studio members say about this:
“This is such a great lesson. I never loved playing this tune but this is putting it in a new light! Thank you!”
“This lesson is great! It’s helping me focus and improve my practice mindset.”
"Bob, the minor triad pair over the Dominant 7 is just such a lovely sound. I have been stuck on not liking the Major triad pairs over the Dominant chords. This is a great nugget! Thanks!"
"This etude lesson is fantastic Bob. Thank you so much!"
"Wow this was so good!"
The mp3 features the solo chorus plus an open chorus for you to solo. The PDF includes Bb, Eb, and C transpositions. The video is HD, about 20 minutes.