Bossa Nova Drill
Start with Harps Tuned in C

[HTL-65-210311 – HARP TIME LIVE #65– Thu. Mar. 11, 2021

In which we play a Bossa Nova drill over and over and over and over on the chord progression 2-5-1-6 (from “5-Day Improv Challenge”)

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 where you’ll learn a lot of vamps like the “2-5-1-6” vamp in this session – some with rhythm and some without.

Please add your own insights, revelations, and takeaways below in the comments, even if someone else already said the same thing!  Just say it in your own way or say it again the way they did.

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16:32:24          From Laurie Grant : There is no wrong way…. There’s just Your way!!  🙂

16:34:49          From heatherflinn : Too soft

16:35:02          From Vera Stern : Voice is too soft!

16:35:24          From heatherflinn : medium

16:35:50          From Rebecca Lambert : other wine better

16:35:54          From Rebecca Lambert : was

16:36:19          From Betty Herloski : Yes fuzzier

16:37:07          From Cherrie Mooney : Voice is louder now

16:37:40          From Tara : Bass D, G.

16:37:55          From heatherflinn : Your harp is VERY soft….anyone else hearing this?

16:39:02          From Tara : Yes, harp seems softer than voice now.

16:39:34          From Tara : RH: F+A+C+E

16:39:48          From Joke Verdoold : Your harp is pretty soft in comparison with your voice

16:40:32          From heatherflinn : Can barely hear the harp now

16:40:42          From janeilmola : d w/ face then g underneath instead

16:41:55          From heatherflinn : Thanks for the adjustment on harp vol.

16:42:33          From janeilmola : g and ace = the sus

16:57:28          From Tara : 2-bar phrase, end of second bar ends with 3&4&1… where 3&4& is RH FACE (or FACA) and LH joins on &! with octave Ds.

17:02:31          From heatherflinn : Show us more of that very cute RH ascending thirds with LH syncopated muting

17:05:31          From Lynne Lapidus : it’s important to do it over and over again

17:05:31          From heatherflinn : Can you explain some of the RH voicings

17:05:36          From Joke Verdoold : I’m muddy brained

17:05:40          From Vera Stern : It gets under my skin! Good practice I take off!

17:05:48          From kirsti Kaldro : Definitely.  Repetition is great!  Thank you!

17:06:22          From Melinda Ostrander-Aviles : Can you go over the ending resolving to C again please?

17:06:22          From Rebecca Lambert : I need help with the first part- sometimes its D-D G, sometimes there is more going ont.

17:06:58          From Carol Henley : I could only focus on left hand to get rhythm, and not think about right hand.

17:07:32          From Joke Verdoold : It’s not so much the notes but the rythme that escapes me

17:07:56          From janeilmola : ace over the basses or over just the g

17:10:24          From Tara : Could you play the bass and just mime the RH to clarify the rhythm?

17:13:27          From Tara : Close enough, thanks.

17:13:30          From Tovelah : This was  wonderful, as long as I was slow, BEAUTIFUL

17:14:46          From janeilmola : sorry, I meant say that you could do aceg over the basses but autocorrect…

17:15:05          From Rebecca Lambert : Very helpful.  It’s Actually D-D, D-D G G ?

17:16:11          From Tara : Could you please play the RH and mime the LH now?

17:17:18          From heatherflinn : Let’s have LATIN BOOTCAMP!!!!

17:17:21          From kirsti Kaldro : So the right hand “attacks” on 1 2 the & of 3, the & of 4 and then next measure &2&3&4&?

17:27:10          From Rebecca Lambert : Thanks, Deborah!  I think it would be helpful to visualize this with a chart of the Rh/LH interaction.  I learned a lot today and had a blast!

17:30:32          From janeilmola : you could also move the top 2 fingers in the right hand down a notch when you change the bass

17:30:44          From Lynne Lapidus : In the chart we looked at the other day, the emphasis on the first 1 down beat was both hands. I think that can be grounding.  It was really important that you were counting.

17:31:15          From Joke Verdoold : Your explanation of the LH rhythm helped tremendously.

17:31:40          From kirsti Kaldro : I think this is the same rhythm you have in your warm ups.  It is in your Jazz harp warm ups.  P 2 &3

17:31:44          From heatherflinn : It was my favourite and my 92  yr old Dad was very entertained by this

17:31:51          From Laurie Grant : Finally got to noodle above because of the repetition and pace!  Thank you!! 🙂

17:31:56          From Tara : I found I could slap the bass strings on the beat all the time, and what changed was whether I played DD (2 eight notes) or just G (one eighth note) or none.

17:32:24          From Teddy : Thanks for letting me work out the bass.  I got it right once you showed me where I was off.  YAY!

17:32:34          From Tovelah : I enjoyed seeing & hearing both hands separately

17:32:51          From Lynne Lapidus : The counting brought me back from the noodling at the right time. I am finally getting what you mean about dont’ worry about or think about what you are noodling.

17:33:17          From DHC :

17:33:34          From DHC :

17:33:41          From Vera Stern : Playing a kooky cutter ACDF all over the harp with rhythm is a good way to get me going in this rhythm

17:33:56          From Raffaele and Connie,s ipad : My first time here thank you. I can tap left and noodle. Yaaa

17:34:34          From heatherflinn : You are awesome at showing us loosely latin, although it sounds perfect to me!

17:34:38          From Betty Herloski : With the blue prints is their a se time ?

17:34:49          From Joke Verdoold : I wish everybody goodnight

17:35:15          From Tara : Goodnight Joke and all you Europeans!

17:35:18          From DHC :

17:35:26          From Amy Martin : Thanks for doing this Deborah!

17:35:34          From Amy Martin : very generous

17:35:41          From Tara : Thank you!

Share your takeaways and 'aha's' below.

What are the principles and concepts in this session? If you had to remember what you learned, or someone said, "Quick! I have to do an improv! What did you learn in this 'Harp Time Live!' session that I can use??" - What would you tell them?