Valsa Negra

  Here is a new piece I wrote in the style of a waltz or valsa. It’s a melody that came to me and I built a piece around this haunting melody. It has a few stretches and technical challenges but if you approach it from a romantic perspective you can be quite fluid with […]

Summer Bossa Bossa Nova Guitar Tutorial

In this tutorial I explore the Bossa Nova chord voicings and also how I would approach improvising over the chord changes. Below is the soundslice sheet music/notation of: Bossa nova chord progression. Written out improvisation   Sheet music and TAB     Bossa Nova Chords Improvisation Solo Chart with scales

New Podcast!

I have a new YouTube podcast show which will be continuing into 2024 called Latin Guitar Mastery podcast. In the show I answer audience questions relating to guitar and also Latin guitar styles and also give some insights into the content on the blog and YouTube channel. I am hoping to have some guests on […]

A Felicidade guitar arrangement

  Carlos Jobim and Vicinius de Moraes collaborated in writing this song for the movie Black Orpheus. The name A Felicidade means ‘happiness’. I have adapted the key to suit the guitar better in the key or A minor.   Sheet music and TAB    

Oblivion (Piazzola)

  Astor Piazzola is an icon of Tango and Argentina. Oblivion is a haunting piece of music which has often performed on guitar. This is my arrangement of Oblivion in E minor. Sheet music and TAB

El Vito (Andalusian Traditional)

  El Vito is a traditional Spanish folk song and dance that originates from the Andalusian region of Spain. The song’s origins can be traced back to the 19th century and many versions have been made for both solo guitar and also with lyrics in song form.   This version is based on the one […]

Summertime Tango (Ercole/Gershwin)

Here is my new guitar arrangement of Summertime by George Gershwin. I turned it into a Tango in E minor, and will suit intermediate players. It features rolled chords, arpeggios phrases, and a variety of other techniques which should provide an good challenge!   Sheet music and TAB    

Meditação (Meditation) by Jobim – Bossa Nova Chords and Melody

“Meditação” is a beautiful bossa nova song composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim, one of the most influential Brazilian musicians and composers of the 20th century. Jobim, also known as Tom Jobim, was a key figure in the development of the bossa nova genre, which blends traditional Brazilian rhythms with jazz harmonies. “Meditação” was written by […]

Zapateado

Here is a new piece I have written in the style of the zapateado. It is essentially a fast 6/8 dance in B minor. I have dropped the 3rd string from G to F# creating an open B minor chord. This allows for some interesting and at times haunting textures. I am posting the sheet […]

I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Fingerstyle Guitar

Here is a new arrangement I have made of the beautiful Cole Porter song I’ve got you under my skin. I have moved the key down one semitone to E minor which fits a lot better on guitar. It features a flowing arpeggio style feel and also some Bossa Nova elements.   Sheet music and […]

The Way You Look Tonight – Fingerstyle/Bossa Nova

This arrangement of this beautiful classic is not too difficult I think though there are a few stretches, bar chords and positions changes. It will definitely challenge you but it is rhythmically fairly straight forward. The rhythms can be more improvised so don’t feel that you need to be too strict with that. LGM Members […]

Tremolo Study in A minor

Here is a short piece I have called Tremolo study as it used the tremolo technique. I will discuss how this technique works and also the technical aspects of the piece in the tutorial video.   LGM Members can have look at the sore below in preparation for the lesson. Sheet music and TAB [restrict paid=true] […]

Agua De Beber – Chords and Melody

In this week’s tutorial we will look at Agua de Beber chords and melody. Written by Antônio Carlos Jobim and lyrics written by Vinícius de Moraes. I have made a finger style Bossa Nova arrangement of this previously which you can find here.   Sheet music and TAB [restrict paid=true] [/restrict]

Sentimento

Here is a new piece called Sentimento. It has a Bossa/Latin feel in D major with a small modulation to B minor. It is very melody driven with chordal and bass accompaniment. Video and tutorial coming this week! Sheet music and TAB  

Nature Boy for Latin Guitar

  Nature Boy has a beautiful melody and really suited to the nylon guitar. In this arrangement I have shifted the key up to E minor which suits the guitar well. It also allows me to add some open string harmonics and utilise some classical style textures to fill in the gaps of the harmony. […]

Blue Bossa Fingerstyle Guitar

I have made a fun arrangement of the famous Latin Jazz tune Blue Bossa. Blue Bossa is normally in C minor but I transposed it up a third to E minor which is also a better guitar key. It has a Latin groove mixed in with some Bossa Nova. Member’s can have access to this […]

Choro Andaluz

This piece has a choro feel mixed with Andalusian rhythms. There is lots of syncopation and a variety of chord progressions including, II-V-I, circle of fifths and Andalusian cadences. Can you spot where they are? The tutorial will reveal: Interactive Sheet Music/TAB    

Primavera by Sergio Ercole

Here is a new piece I wrote to celebrate the changing of the seasons, it is actually summer in Melbourne but it’s only now that the better weather is coming. Interactive Sheet Music/TAB    

Samba Em Preludio – Baden Powell

  This week’s lesson is on Baden Powell’s beautiful prelude and slow samba Samba Em Prelude recorded in 1962. It features and arpeggio style first section and a more lyrical second part. The tutorial will be posted this week! Members get access to the full score below:     Interactive Sheet Music/TAB    

Valsa Nostalgica

  Here is a latin waltz I wrote in E minor. It features a melody that moves along the first string, and quite a lot of arpeggio work. This is suitable for intermediate players and will help you to develop a 3/4 dance feel that is featured in so many Latin American pieces. Members get access […]

Bossa Bacana (Bossa Nova Guitar)

Here is a new Bossa Nova I wrote this week, called Bossa Bacana. It has some influences from Jobim and other Brasilian pieces.       Interactive Sheet Music/TAB    

Tango Nights

  Here is a new guitar Tango that I wrote this week. There is quite an Italian romantic flavour to it especially in the middle section.     Interactive Sheet Music/TAB    

The Spirits – Latin/Classical Guitar original

I wrote this piece last week and performed it recently for the first time. It features an unusual tuning with drop Eb and a raised G# third string. Sheet music is shown below for LGM Members, a tutorial will go up soo too!   Interactive Sheet Music/TAB    

¿Quién será? (Sway) Guitar Arrangement (Spanish Guitar)

Here is my arrangement of the famous song Sway by Demetrio and Pablo Beltrán Ruiz first recorded in 1953 and made famous by Dean Martin some years later. I have been experimenting with the melody and adding some arpeggios in a flamenco style. I like to play this with capo 2 to add some brightness […]

September News – What’s new

New lessons include: Wave Bossa Nova Chords  Quizas, Quizas, Quizas Manha De Carnaval Bossa Nova Chords Corcovado Bossa Nova Chords New in Learn Latin Guitar Vol.3 Allegro by Giuliani Picado Practice – Natural notes Harmonic Minor and Phrygian Dominant Improvising with scales Tangos Latin Jazz Chord Notation Bossa Nova #2 – Decending Melody Bossa Nova […]

Manha De Carnaval Bossa Nova Chords

In this lesson we will work through the famous Bossa Nova – Manha De Carnaval by Luis Nova. This chart will show you the guitar chords and chord voicings I use when I  accompany a singer or another guitarist in performance.

Estudio Di Arpeggio

Here is an arpeggio study that I wrote to help develop the RH and also work on LH slurs and position shifts. LGM Members can get the tutorial and sheet music below: Interactive Sheet Music/TAB    

Hearts by Sergio

Hearts is an original finger style piece I wrote a few years ago and have finally notated it. It has an E Lydian feel, with a lot of open string resonances. Sheet music and tutorial below for members: Interactive Sheet Music/TAB

Danza Romantica

Here is a new piece I wrote recently which has a distinct Brazilian flavour. It’s in the key of B minor and features a fun syncopated melody and Latin Jazz chords and harmony. The tutorial will be available soon for LGM Members. look in the members area for the sheet music?TAB. Interactive Sheet Music/TAB

Rumba Festiva

This is new original piece I wrote inspired by the Rumba Flamenco form. I have also added a Brasilian/Latin feel in the middle section. See below for the music or you can also purchase it in the sheet music shop. Guitar tutorial coming this week! Interactive Sheet Music/TAB

The magic of Alzapua

One of the most magical and fun techniques I have learned form flamenco is there Alzapua technique. In this lesson I will show you how to play a smooth and even Alzapua technique. Alzapua is a flamenco technique which is played with the Rh thumb. The RH thumb will play a sequence of down and […]

Spain(Chick Corea) Chords and Solo Ideas

In this video I will take you through the chords for the main section and also some solo ideas. I have covered the intro and melody in a previous video (here). This section is loosely in the key of D major but having some idea of the modes you can use will help expand your […]

El Choclo Guitar Solo

I have been working on a guitar arrangement of El Choclo by Angel Villoldo. I have nearly finished the arrangement. The current working edit is available to LGM Members below. There might be some small alterations made but it’s close to the final version, let m know what you think.  

La Cumparsita

La Cumparista is a famous song written by Uruguayan composer Gerardo Matos Rodríguez in 1916. It is one of the most popular tangos ever written. I have arranged it here for solo guitar and transposed it to E minor from the original G minor. The tutorial will be posted this week but members can get […]

LGM News

This week on LGM: I had a gig at Paris Cat this week so I wasn’t able to publish a tutorial. If you would like to see footage form the gig you can watch it here. The performance was with Nathan Slate and Jaime Carrasco from the band La Rumba. I have re-arranged the LGM […]

Bésame Mucho Guitar Solo

Here is my arrangement of Luis Miguel’s famous Bolero – Became Mucho. My version has a Bossa Nova feel. The tutorial is coming out this week but members have access to the sheet music and play along track below:  

How to solo over Girl From Ipanema

In video we will explore the scales the you can use over The Girl From Ipanema. Improvising blends your knowledge of harmony, scales, voice leading and technique. The scales that I use here are only one option but I think they work well in a Latin Jazz context. I have included a backing track for […]

Tico Tico for Solo Guitar

Tico Tico (full title “Tico Tico no tuba”) is a popular Brasilian song written by is a Brazilian choro song written by Zequinha de Abreu in 1917. The most popular guitar version is by Paco De Lucia which includes a backing band. In this arrangement I have tried to capture the Brazilian flavour with my […]

One Note Samba Guitar Tutorial

Title: One Note Samba Key : C#minor Time : 4/4 Style: Bossa Composer: Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994) Writen by famous Brasilian song wirter and composer Carlos Jobim, this sog rose to fame in the 1960s. It has an unusual chromatic descending bass line and very simple (one note) melody. Played with the open E this […]

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Manha De Carnaval Bossa Nova Guitar Tutorial

Title: Black Orpheus (Manhã De Carnaval) Key : A minor Time : 4/4 Style: Bossa Nova Composer: Luis Bonfa (1922-2001) was a celebrated Brasilian guitarist famous for this particular song Manha De Carnaval which was featured in the production of Orfeu da Conceição also known as Black Orpheus. Bonfa worked alongside the likes of Jobim, […]

Retrato Brasileiro by Baden Powell

Baden Powell was a leading Brasilian guitarist and composer. He wrote in many styles including Bossa Nova and Samba, Popular Brasilian and Latin Jazz. He toured internationally for many years especially Europe and collaborated with many well-known artists including Vinicius de Moraes, Billy Blanco and Paulo Cesar Pinheiro. Here is one of Baden Powell’s slower pieces, it […]

Flamenco Rumba

The flamenco Rumba is one of the most popular forms and also one of the simplest. Though many of the flamenco styles os palos are based on counting to 12m the Rumba is in 4/4. We count 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2 with the 1 being accented. The first beta usually is accented with a golpe, the 4th beat […]

Malaguena Guitar Solo

The Malagueña is a Spanish dance that originated in the Spanish city of Malaga. It features a 3/4 feel and a familiar bass arpeggio that returns throughout. There are many versions of this dance and it is found in both Spanish classical and flamenco as well. This version offers some fun and challenge for intermediate […]

Noches De Bohemia Guitar Solo

  This song was released by the Spanish pop group Navajita Plateá. It has a nice melody which I wanted to capture on the first string so I transposed it to G and I am using a drop D and drop G tuning. The sheet music/Tab is available below or in the sheet music page […]

Sons De Carrilhoes Guitar Tutorial

This is quite a well known piece in the classical guitar repertoire written by Joao Pernambuco. It translates to “sounds of bells”. Pernambuco was a respected and successful Brasilian guitarist and composer. The piece has the following features: drop D tuning in 2/4 time some tricky bar chords and scale passages It is in the […]

Inspiracao by Garoto

Here is a beautiful prelude by Brasilian guitarist Garato. He lived in the first part of the 20th Century and was an icon of Brasilian guitar. He wrote in many South American guitar styles including choro, samba and bossa nova. His guitar music is complex and rich in jazz harmony and challenging guitar techniques. This […]

Learn Armando’s Rhumba Guitar Solo

Armando’s Rhumba is considered a jazz standard, it was written in 1976 and appears on the Chick Corea album My Spanish Heart. The original key is C minor but I have transposed it to A minor for guitar, you can also use a capo on 3 to get the original key sound. I have also […]

Mi Favorita – Daniel Fortea

Daniel Fortea was a Spanish guitarist-composer and educator. He was one of Tarrega’s students along with Emilio Pujol and Miguel Llobet. He founded his own guitar school in Madrid in 1909.        

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”.      

Sabor A Mi Guitar Arrangement

“Sabor a Mí”  is a bolero written by Mexican composer and singer Álvaro Carrillo. This is generally regarded as a standard of the Latin repertoire and I have made a guitar arrangement here that features a romantic melody and Latin jazz chords. The original key is G major but I have moved it up to […]

Guitar Choro by Mario Gangi

A beautiful choro by Italian guitarist/composer Mario Gangi. Gangi was a respected Italian guitarist, composer and teacher. It has some challenging techniques including bar chords and arpeggios up the neck but the final result is quite magical.   Interactive sheet music for members below:

Wave

This week’s lesson is Wave by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Released in 1967 this is a lively Bossa Nova syncopated rhythm and some great Latin Jazz chords. This is an intermediate-level arrangement that combines the famous melody with the Bossa NOva accompaniment.

Chega De Saudade

I have arranged Tom Jobim’s Chega De Saudade for this week’s lesson. In this arrangement, I have opted for a more arpeggio approach as there are long gaps between the melodic notes, you can also shape the chordal accompaniment with interesting dynamics to create compelling phrasing. I have put accents on the melodic notes so […]

Summer Samba (So Nice) Guitar Lesson

 This is a popular Latin piece by Marcos Valle often played as a Bossa Nova. I have made a solo arrangement featuring some extended chords and a melodic line that moves up the fretboard.   Interactive Play-Along Track  

Concerto De Aranjuez ( Bars 61 – 200)

This is the fourth lesson in my series on Concerto Aranjuez, so far I have covered the opening of the Allegro and I also did a post on the first cadenza of the Adagio. I am now continuing the Allegro bars 61 to 200. This is the part where the guitar enters after the first […]

Bésame Mucho – Chords and Solo ideas

Besame Mucho is regarded as one of the most famous Latin songs. Written by Mexican songwriter and concert pianist Consuelo Velasquez, the melody was inspired by the start of a Granados piano piece. The song style is a Bolero which, unlike the Spanish Bolero, is a popular Latin song form that originated in Cuba. It […]

Bolero by Arcas

  The Bolero is a popular Spanish dance of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. It originated from the folk dance the Seguidilla from Madrid and Andalusia. One of the palos (styles) of flamenco is derived directly from the dance, the Seguidillas Boleras. This piece moves from a dance feel to a more melodic feel, […]

Danza Brasilera (Braslian Dance) by Jorge Morel

This Brasilian dance is by Argentinian guitarist and composer Jorge Morel’s and his most famous piece. It has a fast and lively tempo with a samba feel, and there are also elements of choro found here. Let’s explore the first half of the piece including the technical and musical challenges.   Full Score, Interactive Play-Along […]

How to Solo over Circle of 5ths Progression

In this lesson, we’ll look at how I created a solo over a circle of fifths chord progression. We’ll look at the chord tones and modes that I am using so that you can work out how to create your own solo improv ideas. Here’s the chord progression: Here’s the solo with a description above […]

Libertango by Piazzola

Astor Piazzola was an Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player, and arranger. His works revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. One of his most famous pieces is called Libertango which roughly translates to freedom tango. We’ll look at the first part main melody and […]

Understanding Jazz Chords

In this video we will look at what the Latin jazz chords are in a major key. We will also look at how these chords are constructed and give a few examples of common jazz progressions. For this example, we’ll explore the chords in the key of C major. We derive the chords in a […]

How to Improvise with Chord Tones on Guitar

  We’re going to look at the start of Manha De Carneval and use chord tones to do get you thinking about improvising. Chord tones will give you a starting vocabulary of notes you case to improvise with. This lesson will help to famillarise you with where along the fretboard you can find certain chords […]

Agua De Beber Guitar Bossa

Água de Beber by Antônio Carlos Jobim This song was featured on the album  The Composer of Desafinado, Plays released in 1963. The title means “Water to Drink”. Music written by Antônio Carlos Jobim and lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes. The song was inspired by a walk that Jobim and Moraes were having in the governor’s house in Brasilia looking for somewhere […]

Guitar Tips for Intermediate Players

With many years of teaching and performing experience under my belt, I have found that there certain exercises that have improved my guitar technique the, most. In this video I’ll show you what these exercises are and why they are important. Pressure As you get more advanced your hands will become stronger, it takes time […]

Desafinado Bossa Nova Guitar

In this lesson, we’ll look at the first half of Desafinado by Antonio Carlos Jobim (full version available for LGM Members below). The Bossa Nova pattern will be as follows with the bass note on beats 1 and 3. We start with F maj7 with the bass note on the 6th string, this is over […]

Lesson 4 Picado: Beginner Course

Our next lesson will involve practicing picado or rest stroke. Picado is used for melodic passages and scale work. It’s important that the right hand fingers are always walking or alternating. Keep practicing this walking as talked about in lesson 2. Here are some exercises and scales to practice your picado. We will put picado […]

Top 5 Mistakes Guitarists Make

Counting down my top 5 mistakes guitarists make. Note that these mistakes are not entirely just guitarist mistakes but are still very important things to try and improve on: 5. Right Hand Organisation I often see guitar students pay a lot of attention to their left hand but not enough to their right-hand work. It’s […]

Essential Latin Guitar Scales

Latin Guitar Scales you need for know  (Great for improvising) Harmonic minor played over Am – E7 The A harmonic minor is a natural minor scale with a sharp 7th degree. This scale has a dark and moody feel and is characterized by a minor third interval which gives it a lot of tension. The […]

Beginner Guitar Technique

0:27 Right Hand Technique 3:27 Simple Right Hand Rhythm 4:38 Arpeggio 5:55 Left Hand Technique 6:37 Left Hand Exercise 1 7:20 Left Hand Exercise 2 8:02 LH Exercise 3 8:45 Synchronisation 10:40 Drills Video

Retrato Brasilero

Baden Powell was a leading Brasilian guitarist and composer. He wrote in many styles including Bossa Nova and Samba, Popular Brasilian and Latin Jazz. He toured internationally for many years especially Europe and collaborated with many well-known artists including Vinicius de Moraes, Billy Blanco and Paulo Cesar Pinheiro. Here is one of Baden Powell’s slower pieces, it […]

Lagrima Guitar Tutorial (Spanish Guitar)

Lagrima is one of Francisco Tárrega’s best loved pieces. The title means ‘teardrop’ in Spanish and was written by Tarrega when he was living in London and feeling homesick. The piece is intermediate level because it uses a number of techniques including melody in a number of voices, arpeggio, and position changes. The form is […]

Guitar Sitting and Hand Positions Tutorial

It’s important to learn and use the correct sitting and hand positions when playing guitar. Whether you are just starting or trying to improve your playing, it’s a good idea to revisit the basics periodically. Sitting There are a number of possible sitting positions which will work well. You can adopt the classical sitting position […]

Cadenza 1 from Concerto Aranjuez – Adagio

The Concerto De Aranjuez is one of the most famous guitar Concertos ever written and the main theme from the Adagio movement is very well known. In this video, we will look at the first cadenza from the Adagio movement which features this famous melody. This piece was written by the composer Joaquin Rodrigo in […]

Inspiration by Gipsy Kings Guitar Tutorial

Inspiration is an instrumental piece written and performed by The Gipsy Kings on their self-titled album. It has a fast Rumba feel which is typical of their music. In this lesson, we will look at the opening chords and melodic passages played over these changes. \ Sheet Music – TAB / Lesson Notes     […]

Moorea by Gipsy Kings Guitar Tutorial

Here is the opening of Moorea by Gipsy Kings. We will look at the chord progression and then the chord riff that is played above that. The Gipsy Kings were a popular Latin group of the 90s (though they are still around today), they helped to popularise Latin guitar, combining flamenco and South American elements. […]

Mediterranean Sundance Latin Guitar Tutorial

Mediterranean Sundance is an iconic Latin guitar piece written by Paco De Lucia and Al De Meola. It was a featured track Al De Meola’s album Elegant Gypsy. It was later reworked and released by The Guitar Trio which consisted of Al De Meola, Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin on the live album Friday […]

Estudio by Tárrega

A great arpeggio workout with some challenging bar work. Spanish guitar composer and virtuoso Francisco Tárrega wrote a number a studies for guitar. These, alongisde his more famous guitar compositions (Recuerdos De La Alhambra , Capriccio Arabe) form an important part of the Spanish Guitar canon. This study is quite straightforward in a musical sense […]

Tango by José Ferrer Guitar Tutorial

Tango is an intermediate classical guitar piece by Spanish guitar composer José Ferrer. This piece is in the form of a Spanish tango which features this main rhythm: It is in binary form (2 sections) with the A section the key of A minor and the B section in A major. There are also a […]

Misionera by Jorge Morel

In this guitar tutorial, I will show you how to play the first part of Jorge Morel’s arrangement Misionera by Fernando Bustamente. Morel was an Argentinian guitarist who wrote and arranged for guitar.   Sheet Music Download / Play-Along Track / Lesson Notes  

Learn Modes on the Guitar

Modes are types of scales, they include the major and natural minor scale but also include other more interesting scales which feature in Latin Jazz flamenco and Brasilian music as well. In this tutorial, we’ll look at modes on the guitar. I will try shed some light on this often confusing topic. I thought the […]

Entre Dos Aguas – Alzapua Passage

    In this guitar tutorial, I’ll show you how to play this Alzapua passage in Entre Dos Aguas by Paco De Lucia. This is a descending pattern in E minor also known as the Andalusian Cadence starting with Em – D – C – B7. The melody is in the bass part and seeing […]

Cuban Dance Guitar Tutorial

In this video tutorial, I will teach my arrangement of Cuban Dance which is a standard in the Latin Guitar Repertoire. Sheet Music/TAB      

Corcovado Guitar Arrangement Part 3

Here is the final part of my Corcovado arrangement. It is a bit more challenging than the previous section as we will be playing up the next more with position shifts and quick chord changes. It’s quite playable and with practice intermediate players should get this under fingers. Sheet Music/TAB or  

Corcovado Part 2

In this next section we will look at the next 8 bars. The next four bars utilise bar chords Gm7 and C9 barring the 3rd fret and chords F#m7 and B7#5 barring on the second fret.          

Corcovado Bossa Nova Tutorial (part 1)

 Corcovado, also know as Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars is a popular Brasilian Bossa Nova by Antonio Carlos Jobim. In this intermediate guitar arrangement I have changed the key from the original key of C and moved up one tone to D major to make use of more open strings.  The feel is not […]

The magic of the guitar tremolo

When it comes to guitar techniques on the guitar nothing beats the magic of the guitar tremolo. There are many guitar tremolo pieces in both the classical and flamenco styles but the most iconic tremolo piece is Recuerdos De La Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega. In this video I will show you how to practice and […]

Interview with Milos Karadaglic

  I caught up with Milos recently to chat about his career and recordings. This interview is an excerpt of my longer form conversation with him about his recording of Concerto Aranjuez. The full interview is available here in the Interviews Section here.