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Brazilian Rhythms for Bass

Learn Brazilian rhythms for bass.

Brazilian Rhythms for Bass

Learn Brazilian rhythms for bass.


Irio O'Farrill goes over how to play different brazilian rhythms on bass and play with a percussionist.


  • Learn how to play in different brazilian styles such as samba, bossa nova, partido alto and baião.
  • Learn songs that incorporate brazilian rhythms.
  • Learn how to dial in your bass tone to fit each style.
  • Learn how to play with a percussion section.

Lesson Plan

  • 1
    Bossa Nova
    In this step, Irio gives a Introduction to Bossa Nova and discussed its history , feel /groove , and instruments used in the genre.
  • 2
    Samba Batucada
    In this step, Irio introduces Samba Batucada and discusses its history , how to play and the instruments used in the genre ; such as The Surdo.
  • 3
    In this step, Irio introduces Samba and gives insight on the instrumentation used to create Samba and also how to create the Samba feel/groove.
  • 4
    Partido Alto
    In this step, Irio discusses Partido Alto and its relationship to Samba and gives examples on some Parido Alto Basslines and how Partido Alto can be used in Funk.
  • 5
    In this step, Irio introduces Baião and demonstrates how to create a bassline and how to maneuver through different blues and rhythm tracks.