Mas Que Nada Guitar Solo

Mas Que Nada was written and originally recorded by Jorge Ben. It was later covered by Sergio Mendes in 1966 and has gained a popular status amongst the Latin repertoire. The title translates to “yeah right” or “No way”.

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  • Dominic Swords

    Hi Sergio, I hope all is well down your way. I just wanted to compliment you on your choice of material. Each week a new vid and tutorial comes out and there’s another great song to learn. And you spread it so well across that broad spectrum of latin guitar. Some more classical and european and others from that great wealth of music in Latin America. There is so much within the inner workings of the music. And it always seems to carry a romantic and passionate vibe whether right out there in your face or just below the surface which provides a great chance to explore the expression of the piece. Since subscribing my repertoire and technique have moved on several levels. I’m now being less frantic about trying to learn everything you put out, but being selective and dwelling on each. Nevertheless, learning songs that are part of the standards in a genre is a way to master and understand it I think. Thank you for keeping this going so regularly and imaginatively each week. Regards Dominic

    • Sergio

      Thanks Dominic! It’s a lot of work but rewarding and it really helps to get positive feedback. It’s good to know that I am on track! Do you mind if I add some your comments to my reviews page?

  • Dominic Swords

    Hi I’d be more than happy for you to use some of my comments. I was always struck by a comment I saw you make somewhere about wanting to share the gift of music or something like that. It’s hard work practicing new songs and really being present in developing as a musician on the guitar till those skills and techniques are properly internalised but it is so rewarding and valuable as a part of my daily life. While my wife is in her study meditating I’m doing basically the same on my guitar. Cheers

    • Sergio

      Great thanks! It s great to hear of your commitment to playing and improving. I think being motivated in this way leads to great things as a musician.

  • Dominic Swords

    Hi A quick question about use of the capo on this song. I must say I prefer if I can to avoid a capo as it does lessen or at least alter the sound of the guitar. Especially on steel strung guitars. There’s some celtic tunes I play where it’s helpful to get a bit further up the fretboard (2 or 3 fret) as if in DADGAD it’s quite a stretch if you’re playing G on the bass and hitting the second fret on strings 1 and 2. But that’s not a big benefit here I think. Was it just to get to the ‘right’ key?? Dominic

    • Sergio

      Yes that’s correct I wanted to play it in F minor which means that you can essentially play along with the original. Also I like F minor and it’s not a typical guitar key and I also like using the capo.

      I have changed the first slice so that it’s in E minor now without the capo so that you can learn and practice it in this way.

      Hope that helps!