Pensiero – Bossa Nova Original in A minor

This is part one of a new Bossa Nova guitar piece called Pensiero. It has some embellished Jazz chords and effective voice leading while still being at an intermediate level. The rest of the piece will be published in my Latin Originals Vol 2 course. Let me know what you think!      

Gipsy Kings Style Picking Pattern

This is an excerpt from a piece called Mano a Mano which has a Gipsy Kings feel. This opening section features arpeggio style chords in C sharp minor. I’m utilizing the open E and B  strings to get a nice Spanish dissonance and I have also added some chords in the higher positions. To learn […]

Perhaps (Quisaz)

The song Perhaps was made famous by Doris Day in the 60s but was originally written in Spanish by Osvaldo Farrés. This is a guitar Bossa Nova arrangement I have made you can learn it in my Popular Latin Arrangements Course you can find it here.

Black Orpheus Guitar Arrangement

Here is my arrangement of Luis Bonfa’s classic bossa nova hit. It was also performed on a film called Orfeo Negro and was originally called Maha De Carneval. I have shared the lead sheet for this piece before, this version includes melody with bossa nova accompaniment in A minor. Its a popular piece and very evocative. […]

New Free Beginner Course

     You can now try the beginner Latin Guitar Course in the courses menu. Here are the lessons covered in this introductory course: Sitting and Hand Positions Guitar Notation Basics The Rest Stroke Rest Stroke Exercises Parts of the Guitar Rhythm Exercises Overview of First Three Strings E, F, and G Exercises B, […]

Girl From Ipanema Arrangement

   If you would like access the score and use the play along soundslice software you can purchase the arrangements course which comes with a e-Book including study notes.        

Rumba Picking Pattern in A minor

Rumba’s can be strummed or plucked. It can be played as an arpeggio style pattern with the bass taking precedence and the chord tones filling in the rest of the beats. In this Example we have the chords Am and E with the 3-3-2 pattern being played in the bass part. Start off slowly and […]

Villa-Lobos Exercise

Here is an excellent exercise you can practice to work on the following techniques: position change arpeggios slurs string crossing Its from his Etude No 1. You can loop it over and over to really get into a flow.    

Useful Bossa Nova Pattern

Useful Bossa Nova Pattern  Using the chord following chords, you can create auseful Bossa Nova Pattern: Am – AmM7 – Am7 – Am6 There is an internal line which is descending chromatically. Follow the video to learn the finger and right hand pattern. Some examples of this pattern in pieces include: Besame Mucho Girl From […]