Brazilian Rhythm Section by Open Studio

Brazilian Rhythm Section

Learn to play Brazilian styles - right from the source

Learn to play Brazilian styles - right from the source.

There's something special about the rhythms and feel of Brazilian music. Don't play a watered-down version of a Bossa Nova or a generic version of a Samba.

Learn these and more iconic Brazilian rhythms the right way, from four of the most sought-after rhythm section players in Brazil.

Include lifetime access to all lessons.

After completing this course.....

You'll be able to:
  • Play in several authentic Brazilian styles
  • Understand the role of each instrument in the rhythm section
  • Adjust your rhythms on the fly to fit with any situation

You'll also get:
  • PDF transcriptions and chord sheets
  • Audio downloads

Living Notation

Our exclusive  Living Notation technology allows you to follow the BRS Quartet's playing and demonstrations in real time with moving, interactive notation.

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Meet Your Teachers

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Marcus Teixeira is a guitarist and composer. As an arranger and/or musician, he has worked with icons of Brazilian music, such as: Rosa Passos, Leny Andrade, Eliane Elias, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Emilio Santiago, Gal Costa, Maria Rita, among others, which earned him 3 Grammy awards.
 
Celso de Almeida was influential in bringing Brazilian instrumental music around the world. He has performed as a side man, and he released a jazz samba CD that bears his name: Celso de Almeida Trio. In 2016, he was on the recording of "Time Out" by Brazilian singer Eliane Elias which won a Latin Grammy.

 
Paulo Paulelli has been a professional bass player for 15 years. As a multi-instrumental virtuoso and composer, he has performed at international jazz festivals accompanying renowned musicians such as Rosa Passos. In October 2009, Paulelli released his first self-titled album entitled "Insight Moments." 
As part of the Trio Corrente, along with Paquito D`Rivera, they released a CD entitled "Song for Maura" which won two Latin Jazz Grammys in 2013 and 2014.

Felipe Silveira is a pianist, teacher, arranger and composer, has been a professional musician for more than 15 years. He has acquired vast experience playing alongside musicians such as Hector Costita, Lito Robledo, Fernando Merlino, Thiago do Espírito Santo, Teco Cardoso, Toninho Ferragutti, Bruno Mangueira, Michel Leme, Cuca Teixeira, Idriss Boudrioua, among others. 

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What's included?

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Contents

Start Here
Intro Lesson
How To Use Living Notation
Lessons
Fast Samba Demo | Play-Along "Fascinating Rhythm"
Fast Samba
Fast Samba: Quiz
Medium Samba, Part 1 Demo | Play-Along "Você e Eu"
Medium Samba, Part 1
Medium Samba, Part 2 Demo | Play-Along "Outra Vez"
Medium Samba, Part 2
Medium Samba, Part 3 Demo | Play-Along "Madalena"
Medium Samba, Part 3
Medium Samba: Quiz
Bossa Nova, Part 1 Demo | Play-Along "Triste"
Bossa Nova, Part 1
Bossa Nova Part 1: Quiz
Bossa Nova, Part 2 Demo | Play-Along "Esperança Perdida"
Bossa Nova, Part 2
Latin Bossa Demo | Play-Along "Ahiê"
Latin Bossa
Latin Bossa: Quiz
Pop Samba Demo | Play-Along "Abre-Alas"
Pop Samba
Pop Samba: Quiz
Samba Funk Demo | Play-Along "Muito Obrigado"
Samba Funk
Samba Funk: Quiz
Baião Demo | Play-Along "O Ovo"
Baião: Northeastern Rhythms
Samba in 3/4 Demo | Play-Along "Cravo e Canela"
Samba in 3/4
Resources
Fast Samba - Full Score
244 KB
Medium Samba Pt. 1 - Full Score
82.3 KB
Medium Samba Pt.2 - Full Score
84.3 KB
Medium Samba Pt. 3 - Full Score
200 KB
Bossa Nova Pt. 1 - Full Score
130 KB
Bossa Nova Pt. 2 - Full Score
124 KB
Latin Bossa - Full Score
225 KB
Pop Samba - Full Score
189 KB
Samba Funk Workbook Half - Full Score
184 KB
Baiao-Northeastern Rhythms - Full Score
104 KB
Samba in 3 4 Workbook - Full Score
181 KB
Ahie - Chord Sheet
22.1 KB
Cravo e Canela - Chord Sheet
19.4 KB
Abre-Alas - Chord Sheet
23.6 KB
Esperanca Perdida - Chord Sheet
24.1 KB
Fascinating Rhythm - Chord Sheet
20.7 KB
Madalena - Chord Sheet
31.3 KB
O Ovo - Chord Sheet
22.1 KB
Muito Obrigado - Chord Sheet
30.6 KB
Voce e Eu - Chord Sheet
21 KB
Triste - Chord Sheet
26.1 KB
Outra Vez - Chord Sheet
30.5 KB
Audio Versions of Lessons
Intro Lesson
3 mins
Fast Samba
25 mins
Medium Samba, Part 1
17 mins
Medium Samba, Part 2
17 mins
Medium Samba, Part 3
17 mins
Bossa Nova, Part 1
12 mins
Bossa Nova, Part 2
15 mins
Latin Bossa
15 mins
Pop Samba
15 mins
Samba Funk
16 mins
Baião: Northeastern Rhythms
10 mins
Samba in 3/4
17 mins
Audio Versions of Play-Alongs
Fast Samba Demo | Play-Along "Fascinating Rhythm"
3 mins
Medium Samba, Part 1 Demo | Play-Along "Você e Eu"
4 mins
Medium Samba, Part 2 Demo | Play-Along "Outra Vez"
4 mins
Medium Samba, Part 3 Demo | Play-Along "Madalena"
3 mins
Bossa Nova, Part 1 Demo | Play-Along "Triste"
5 mins
Bossa Nova, Part 2 Demo | Play-Along "Esperança Perdida"
4 mins
Latin Bossa Demo | Play-Along "Ahiê"
3 mins
Pop Samba Demo | Play-Along "Abre-Alas"
3 mins
Samba Funk Demo | Play-Along "Muito Obrigado"
4 mins
Baião Demo | Play-Along “O Ovo”
3 mins
Samba in 3/4 Demo | Play-Along "Cravo e Canela"
2 mins
Bass Play-Alongs
Abre Alas
4.9 MB
Ahiê
4.24 MB
Cravo é Canela
3.01 MB
Esperança Perdida
7.02 MB
Fascinating Rhythm
3.79 MB
Madalena
3.72 MB
Muito Obrigado
5.68 MB
O Ovo
4.69 MB
Outra Vez
6.65 MB
Triste
8.24 MB
Você e Eu
7.09 MB
Drum Play-Alongs
Abre Alas
4.38 MB
Ahiê
3.96 MB
Cravo é Canela
3 MB
Esperança Perdida
6.95 MB
Fascinating Rhythm
3.75 MB
Madalena
3.51 MB
Muito Obrigado
6.13 MB
O Ovo
4.62 MB
Outra Vez
5.68 MB
Triste
8.06 MB
Você e Eu
6.4 MB
Guitar Play-Alongs
Abre Alas
4.96 MB
Ahiê
4.31 MB
Cravo é Canela
3.01 MB
Esperança Perdida
6.97 MB
Fascinating Rhythm
3.8 MB
Madalena
3.79 MB
Muito Obrigado
5.57 MB
O Ovo
4.67 MB
Outra Vez
6.8 MB
Triste
8.02 MB
Você e Eu
7.15 MB
Keys Play-Alongs
Abre Alas
4.92 MB
Ahiê
4.25 MB
Cravo é Canela
3.01 MB
Esperança Perdida
7.05 MB
Fascinating Rhythm
3.79 MB
Madalena
3.72 MB
Muito Obrigado
5.75 MB
O Ovo
4.71 MB
Outra Vez
6.7 MB
Triste
8.25 MB
Você e Eu
7.1 MB
Simple Player Versions of Lessons
Intro Lesson
3 mins
Fast Samba Demo | Play-Along "Fascinating Rhythm"
3 mins
Fast Samba
25 mins
Medium Samba, Part 1 Demo | Play-Along "Você e Eu"
4 mins
Medium Samba, Part 1
17 mins
Medium Samba, Part 2 Demo | Play-Along "Outra Vez"
4 mins
Medium Samba, Part 2
17 mins
Medium Samba, Part 3 Demo | Play-Along "Madalena"
3 mins
Medium Samba, Part 3
17 mins
Bossa Nova, Part 1 Demo | Play-Along "Triste"
5 mins
Bossa Nova, Part 1
12 mins
Bossa Nova, Part 2 Demo | Play-Along "Esperança Perdida"
4 mins
Bossa Nova, Part 2
15 mins
Latin Bossa Demo | Play-Along "Ahiê"
3 mins
Latin Bossa
15 mins
Pop Samba Demo | Play-Along "Abre-Alas"
3 mins
Pop Samba
15 mins
Samba Funk Demo | Play-Along "Muito Obrigado"
4 mins
Samba Funk
16 mins
Baião Demo | Play-Along “O Ovo”
3 mins
Baião: Northeastern Rhythms
10 mins
Samba in 3/4 Demo | Play-Along "Cravo e Canela"
2 mins
Samba in 3/4
17 mins

FAQs

Is this course right for me?

Brazilian Rhythm Section is a perfect fit for you if:
  • You play piano, bass, guitar, or drums
  • You are an intermediate to advanced level player
  • You want to learn several Brazilian feels and tunes from Brazilian musicians
  • You want to learn from a fixed course, at your own pace

What if the course isn't a good fit?

No problem! We have a full line of other courses as well, and we'll happily switch you if needed. We also have a  full satisfaction guarantee with easy refund if you're not happy with the course.

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