Now that we know how to play Samba on guitar, and are familiar with the rhythm (above) ... let us learn the Samba dance. It's great exercise, and will loosen up your lower back.
Now let's try it the easy way... Freestyle: Just move to the music, arms up, roll the hips, bouncing upwards (alternating with each step) as if someone was poking you in the bum with a pin... and smile... Perfect!
The Bossa Nova is a variation of the Samba (discussed above) that is more relaxed and soft. Songs are usually about love; and can be happy, dreamy, contemplative or sad. Brazilian guitarists and composers Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and poet and guitarist Vinicius de Moraes were the three pillars of bossa nova music.
The Bossa Nova Rhythm
Here is A. C. Jobim playing a bossa rhythm with Frank Sinatra singing; after the Bossa caught on in America... this is really quite beautiful! I feel warmer already...
Bossa is sometimes described as a "cool Samba." Bossa rhythms, with their cool and softer flavors, can be applied to many songs written in 4/4 time. Like Doritos and Cool Ranch Doritos... I like them both.
Watched the Busby Berkeley musical "Ziegfeld Girl" (1941) - starring James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Tony Martin... and lots of other familiar faces... Wow! Busby Berkeley must have been a bizarre guy... had many epiphanies while watching this one... could it be renamed "The Matrix?"
Clip from the movie below to more recent version of theme song "You Stepped Out of a Dream." More on this song later. Don't wake me up...