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  1. I have a few instructional videos on YouTube. You can email me at patskywriter[ARROBA]yahoo.com and I'll send you a link or two to videos that might help. I'm not very good, either, and I'm not much of a reader, but I'm able to help other guitar players who play by ear.
  2. I watched the video. Even though the guitarist's name is Carlos, I doubt if he's Brazilian. I guess it's okay to learn something from this video, but please don't copy his playing too closely. It's not really all that good.
  3. Here is a Youtube video with vocal and guitar. It's not necessary for the performer to be Brazilian—after all, the song was written by USA songwriters. This is not bossa nova, but many of the chords are easy and almost mandatory for playing bossa nova properly. You can take these same chords and play bossa nova. [video/
  4. I have a suggestion. You might not like it, but I hope that you think about it: The chords in the video are very, very simple and are extremely basic for bossa nova. If you already know some bossa nova songs, you should know some (or all) of these chords—even it they're played in a different sequence. I suggest that you forget about the chords as they are written and learn to recognize them by sound. Once you learn a few basic chords, you should be able to play almost any song in the simple style displayed in the video. After you learn the basics, then you can start getting fancy and playing prettier chords and making nice substitutions. I want you to be able to listen to a bossa nova song and pick out the chords you know simply by listening. When you learn a new chord, listen to it while you're playing it. Many people play chords and don't recognize them when somebody else plays them. That's because they're not really listening. Listen, truly listen, and you will eventually be able to listen to an unfamiliar song and recognize the chords.
  5. Sweet guitar—it's the same one I have.
  6. My first introduction to Jair Rodrigues was his pairing with Elis Regina on "Dois na Bossa." My favorite song by him will always be "Orgulho de um Sambista." I enjoy the music of his son, Jair Oliveira.
  7. Nice points made, Eugenio. I don't speak Portuguese, but I've heard it so much that I can often tell what part of Brasil the speaker is from. About the guy in the video … Many years ago, a Brasilian told me that a person speaking European Portuguese sounds as if he's talking while drinking a glass of water. That's what I thought of while watching the video, LOL.
  8. Ney Matogrosso is openly and wildly gay, LOL. He does a great version of Dorival Caymmi's "O Que É Que a Bahiana Tem." By the way, both Diana Krall and Ella Fitzgerald sing about the "Boy from Ipanema," but of course they're singing it in English. Krall is singing as someone admiring a hot guy, but Fitzgerald is singing as someone observing a guy having an effect on women without realizing it. I say don't get too caught up on the words. You can tweak them to suit you or you can sing the original lyrics in a way that adds more meaning to you.
  9. Well, the inflections of that speaker on shortwave radio were familiar-sounding to me, so at first, until I heard the words, I thought the person was black. It's very possible that the person might have been a black Brasilian--who knows? I remember taking a metro train ride in Paris while on vacation some years ago. I witnessed a few of of the white riders rolling their eyes while overhearing some black folks having a conversation. Although I did notice that they were pronouncing the words differently than what I learned in school (which is what I assumed the whites didn't like), I really enjoyed their vocal inflections. They had a familiar musicality.
  10. An update on my opinion of Portuguese as spoken in Portugal: I no longer find it ugly. My ears have adjusted to the way it's spoken there now that I've discovered a couple of musical groups that I like. I grew up hearing Brasilian Portuguese on the radio and TV. The very first time I heard spoken Brasilian Portuguese was when I bought a cheap shortwave radio when I was in high school. I recognized a familiar sound and vocal inflection and said to myself, "Hey, there's a black person on shortwave!" After tuning in and hearing the words clearly, I realized that I was listening to Brasilian Portuguese.
  11. LOL! Zweshua, we're not your employees. Why on earth would you get angry if your questions don't get answered right away? I'm a busy girl and haven't checked this forum in several weeks. Anyway … I believe that you should be able to recognize every chord you know whenever you hear it. That means playing each chord note by note until you're familiar with them. That makes it easier to learn new chords. Another thing you should do is to learn two chords at a time. Learning two- and three-chord progressions is a great way to learn bossa nova. The same progressions are used over and over—at least the basic ones. Here's a video that I made earlier this year, where I show how some of the basics of bossa nova guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byZhXfuQFg8
  12. Wow, in the BP Quartet video, the musicians are wearing the same clothes on the cover of the BP Quartet volumes 1–3 on the French Barclay label! I'm surprised to see him play the tamborim left-handed. According to the LP, the other musicians were Ernesto Ribeiro-Gonçalves on bass, Hélio Schiavo on drums, and Alfredo Bessa on percussion.
  13. One of my favorite Brasilian guitarists has died. http://news.allaboutjazz.com/news.php?id=106399
  14. … (Bom sujeito não é) É ruim da cabeça Ou doente do pé Thanks for posting this—lots of good stuff to read and listen to!
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