An Introduction to Latin Guitar...
INTRODUCTION TO LATIN GUITAR:
The strumming groove is largely sixteenth note orientated and the pattern for the Bossa feel is largely eighth-notes performed with an alternate bass-note pattern. Keep in mind that the beat of the Bossa Nova pattern is split between bass rhythm and chordal rhythm. The bass-notes are mostly played on the beat, (primarily on 1 and 3). The chords are played most often on the off beats.
There are two principle Latin feels. they are the "Clave," and the "Montuno." The Clave is more of what we have examined here, however in a future Latin Guitar lesson we will look closer at the Montuno, (a mixture of small chords with moving inner single note line voices).
Download the PDF Handout for this Lesson:
(1 page chord chart for the example piece)