Example7 Basic bossa comping
Emily was an expert with Latin-based styles (remember she worked with Astrud Gilberto), with Bossa comping a particular Remler speciality. The key to making this authentic is to avoid syncopation in the bass. These notes should remain fixed to beats 1 and 3 exclusively, with all the rhythmic interest provided by the treble. As we require three notes in the treble along with one in the bass, dispense with the pick entirely and use thumb (p), first (i), second (m) and third finger (a). You’re after a fluid and legato sound throughout, so aim to let the notes ring for their full written value.