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 […]

Entre Dos Aguas

  This piece, written by Paco De Lucia, was written in 1973 and is featured on is album Fuente y caudal. As told by his sister on the documentary Light and Shade Paco improvised this piece as a filler for the album. Ironically it was a runaway hit and helped Paco break in to the […]

Rumba Strumming

    Rumba Strumming is a very useful tool for performing flamenco music. This video will take you through the Rumba technique as used by Paco De Lucia and Gipsy Kings (and many others). The chord progression we are using is Am – G -F – E . We start with a thumb down and […]

Free Latin Chord E-Book

If you are interested in Latin Jazz chords as they relate to popular Latin tunes then this book will serve as a great introduction. This e-book will cover: The basics of chord construction, Extended chords, chord patterns, a chord dictionary of all the major latin jazz chords, some practice chord progressions. Included are also 5 […]