Bossa Nova Guitar Books

Here are some great Bossa Nova Guitar Books: Easy Steps to Bossa Nova Guitar Here is a preview of the book, you can scroll through pages to have a look: Bossa Nova Guitar Arrangements Here is a preview of the book, you can scroll through pages to have a look: Jazz Bossa Nova Guitar Here […]

Besame Mucho

 Title: Besame Mucho Key : D minor Time : 4/4 Style: Bossa Nova Composer: Consuelo Velazquez Notes Originally written as a Bolero, this piece is one of the most famous Mexican songs. I have arranged it here as a Bossa. Two sections – Binary form Melody and Bossa Nova accompaniment. Chromatic chords and triplet […]

Black Orpheus Part 2

Title: Black Orpheus (Manhã De Carnaval) Key : A minor Time : 4/4 Style: Bossa 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, Stan […]

One Note Samba

 One Note Samba is a famous Bossa Nova by Antonio Carlos Jobim.  The pattern requires you to keep the 1st string open for the first section, while the bass (played on beats 1 and 3) is moving down chromatically.  The chords are: Cm7 – C7 – Bm7 – Bflat 7 (flat 5) Followed by: […]

Pensiero – Bossa Nova Original in A minor

 This is part one of my new Bossa Nova guitar piece called Pensiero. It has some embellished Jazz chords and effective voice leading while still being at an intermediate level. Harmonically we move through the circle of fifths:  Am – Dm 11 – G 11 -Cmaj 9 – E7+ – F7 – E7 – […]

Perhaps (Quisaz) Guitar Arrangement

 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. Download it in the Latin Guitar Masters portal.    

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.

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 […]

Circle of Fifths

What is the circle of fifths chord progression? Well, chords and tonalities have various relationships to each other. For example, the chords C, F, and G7 are all part of the key of C. They form the chords I, IV and V7. Put another way, they are the first, fourth and fifth chords in that […]