Bossa Nova Guitar , some players who are born in the right country know how to play it because they got it genetically or by osmosis from growing up in the environment … think Brasil, Others need to learn it. I was looking around for a simple tutorial on playing Bossa Nova Guitar and found this site . Bossa Nova Guitar The tutorial has an mp3 audio track to follow and is written in standard music notation. In the 60’s Bossa Nova came to the fore with players like Joao Gilberto , Laurindo Almeida and particularly the music of Jobim
Check out the Tutorial Bossa Nova it has a few reasonably simple chords
Even if your eading skills aren’t strong, just break it down and count it.
As steel string acoustic guitar players, it’s good to get inspired by other musicians, particularly Nylon String guitarists. There is none better these days than Vicente Amigo the Flamenco player. Check out how good this guy is, apart from being a brilliant technician, he plays with phenomenal passion. Here is a performance with vocals and percussion
To check out more Vicente go to Vicente Amigo Video
Here’s a wonderful Flamenco guitar player by the name of Vicente Amigo
This video was recorded in 1999, complete with Flamenco dancing and rhythm section.
For more Vicente, check out this beautiful Flamenco song Vicente Amigo
Every now and then I encounter a guitar player who blows my brain apart, one such player is Vicente Amigo a flamenco player from Spain. Thankyou to Peter Miller for introducing me to this music. If you haven’t heard this guy, you are in for a treat.
Here is Vicente’s web site (How’s your Spanish?) and also Wikipedia information Vicente Amigo
Acoustic Guitar Tutorial of How to Play John Butler’s – One Way Road.
It’s played on a National guitar on his lap, it is in G Major tuning DGDGBD and he uses a slide, with a mix of strumming and harmonics. This is a fantastic tutorial, complete with lounge chair
The right hand is finger picked and at a quick glance the underlying structure of the chords is G D E5 C, in the mid section it has sort of an a Am and Bm type of sound to it, the chords aren’t necessarily all played but are implied.. There’s some great riffs in it that are built around a G pentatonic scale with a little bit of a Bluegrass texture to it.
Here’s a link to the One Way Road tutorial in a larger size video John Butler One Way Road
Also note that new John Butler Album will be out very soon.
Here’s a Youtube of the great Brazilian guitar player called Joao Gilberto, famous from the sixties for his work with Astrid Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim (also named Tom Jobim). This the classic song Girl from Ipanema, a tune that has been ruined by many 🙂 , but when played well it is a masterpiece. Like any tune, it’s what you do with it that counts. This recording was made 40 years after the original.
For more beautiful guitar, check out Paco De Lucia
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
It is with great sadnes I received the news that one of thw orlds greatest musicians has died. Ali Akbar Khan the great Indian Sarod player died on the 18th of June. The great violinist Yehudi Menhuin once said “Ali Akbar Khan is the worlds greatest musician” . John McLaughlin studied with him. I studied with a student of Ali’s by the name of Ashok Roy. This line of Indian music runs back to Tansen the great court musician of Akbar the Great.
News article about Ali’s passing.
Ali Akbar Khan College of Music
Quote from Collge website, “Our most beloved Khansahib passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Thursday evening. Khansahib had been a dialysis patient since 2004, and had been enduring numerous health issues ever since. The great Maestro had continued his music teachings publically at the Ali Akbar College until just weeks ago, and continued to teach music at home until the day he died.”