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Dixon Nacey - How Insensitive Jazz Guitar Lesson

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Uploaded on Jun 21, 2011

A favourite Bossa of mine, nice n slow. Download the free transcription at http://jazzguitarlegend.com/dixon-nac...

In this video I was exploring the use of two simple techniques- one a right hand technique that involved using only the thumb to pluck the strings, in order to get a warmer, softer sound, but also using a fair amount of pressure so the notes still really 'pushed' through. This is simple to achieve (basically put the pick down and start playing with your thumb -- ha!) -- but also revealed an unintended and welcome outcome -- I had to play slower! So I used less subdivisions (and therefore less 'faster / bebop' lines) and instead applied a more lyrical approach.

The second outcome I noticed after practising this for some time was that I needed to really pull my notes back so that each phrase felt more elastic and loose, and less 'perfectly' timed or executed. In this sense, I was trying to emulate the back-phrasing of the great Bossa singers and instrumentalists by placing my notes in the back of the beat, around the strong / downbeats or by playing an entire phrase in a consistent subdivision that was placed entirely behind the beat.

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