The song starts with a slow samba that feels really nice and Leny Andrade plays the first melody in that tempo. The second time, the tempo is played double time as a fast samba. Check out how I break the way of playing around the melody because the tempo is too fast to play all of the 16th notes.
I posted this video on Facebook and one of my drummer friends asked me for some advice on how to play with an authentic Brazilian feel. Here is what I told him:
You know how it is:-) Playing this music with Brazilian musicians also helped me to understand the "feel" so much better.
If I wanted to summarize how I learned this "feel", it would be in 4 points:
1) Learn the percussion instruments from the Bateria (Samba School), like the tamborim (which gives the main rhythmic phrase), caixa, surdo, ganza (shaker), etc.
2) Learn the songs of the real repertoire, not the tunes played by the jazz musicians.
3) Listen to the "real deal" as much as possible and learn about the history.
4) Apply the groove and the feel on the drums....
I think that Bossa Nova is a good way to start your practice because it has some elements of Samba, but played more slowly. Check out Joao Gilberto!
I don't know how familiar you all are with Brazilian drummers, but here are my favorites: Rafael Barata, Edu Ribeiro, Paulo Braga, Portinho, Kiko Freita, Edison Machado, Helcio Milito, Milton Banana, Airto Moreira.
Here is a song that I like:
Thanks for reading everyone, let me know your comments/questions, I love talking about this music.