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!     […]

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. […]

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.        

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 […]

Major 7th Chords

Here are the main major chord shapes you can play on the guitar: Root 6 (Tonic on the 6th String) Root 5 (Tonic on the 5th String) Root 4 (Tonic on the 4th String) There are other major type chords with can often also be used like 6, maj 9, 6/9 etc depending on the […]

Girl From Ipanema : Bossa Nova Chart and Info

The music Girl from Ipanema (also known as Garota De Ipanema) was written by Antonio Carlos Jobim in the 1962. This song became an international hit by the mid 1960s after it was recordeed by Stan Getz with Joao Gilberto on guitar and his wife Astrud on vocals.