Mas Que Nada, written and originally performed in 1963 by Jorge Ben and later made into a hit by Sérgio Mendes, is one of Brazil’s most famous themes of the Bossa Nova era, nearly as recognizable as The Girl From Ipanema, yet not nearly as often performed.
In his arrangement, Jake Reichbart takes on this classic and adapts it to the solo jazz guitar format. In the accompanying one hour and 40 minute lesson, Mr. Reichbart not only breaks down the arrangement note for note and shows every chord slowly and in closeup, but he goes in great detail into the right hand technique enabling this to be performed with high energy as shown.
Nevertheless, as he emphasizes, the arrangement is playable in any tempo and it’s up to the performer to find his/her own feel. In the lesson Mr. Reichbart also takes on the harmony and explores multiple ways to add/insert chord substitutions to create countless variations.
Duration: 1hr 40 Minutes