Waters of March, Jobim, solo jazz guitar variations, Jake Reichbart
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Welcome to my 473rd solo fingerstyle guitar arrangement video on YouTube, "Waters of March", originally "Águas de Março" by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
I have always been fascinated by this song and have wanted to play it forever. The problem was that unlike a more typical standard with a discernible form, the music here follows the lyrics making it difficult to create a cycle, or a form, to improvise over. I have taken the main three 4-measure musical "sentences" (themselves quite similar to each other and variations of one another) and made my own cycle and then improvised a little. That's why the title includes the word variations, this is not quite an exact cover... I also think it is the first time I’m using a nylon on YouTube. Hope you like it!
From Wikipedia: The Waters of March (Portuguese: "Águas de Março" [ˈaɡwɐʒ dʒi ˈmaʁsu]) is a Brazilian song composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927–1994) in 1972. Jobim wrote both the English and Portuguese lyrics. The lyrics, originally written in Portuguese, do not tell a story, but rather present a series of images that form a collage; nearly every line starts with "É..." ("[It] is..."). In 2001, "Águas de Março" was named as the all-time best Brazilian song in a poll of more than 200 Brazilian journalists, musicians and other artists conducted by Brazil's leading daily newspaper, Folha de S.Paulo. It was also voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone as the second greatest Brazilian song.
The inspiration for "Águas de Março" came from Rio de Janeiro's rainiest month. March is typically marked by sudden storms with heavy rains and strong winds that cause flooding in many places around the city. The lyrics and the music have a constant downward progression much like the water torrent from those rains flowing in the gutters, which typically would carry sticks, stones, bits of glass, and almost everything and anything. The orchestration creates the illusion of the constant descending of notes much like Shepard tones.
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