Rick begins by going over chords that are commonly used by Brazilian guitarists. He then teaches the accompaniment to singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil's beautiful composition, "A Paz", to illustrate the use of chords with open strings. A step-by-step analysis of Bossa Nova accompaniment in the Joco Gilberto style follows. along with suggestions on how to develop a better feel for this sophisticated, syncopated groove. The solo guitar rendition of the Antonio Carlos Jobim/Newton Mendonga classic "One Note Samba" will be a welcome addition to many player's repertoires with its rhythmic drive and rich harmony. Samba rhythms are explored, with examples of inner string movement which will prove invaluable to those looking to generate excitement and authenticity in their comping. A sambified version of "Happy Birthday" demonstrates how to apply these techniques to a familiar tune and make it sound fresh. To provide an even greater challenge for all players, Rick gives a detailed analysis of his tour de force solo guitar piece "Amigo Paulo." Intermediate. 100 min.