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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. Intro bars 1-4 The intro features a 2 bar A minor chord sequence. The bass is playing an arpeggiated melody with the […]

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 though 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. Play Along Track or  

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. Play Along Track or  

Corcovado Part 2

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. Play Along Track         

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 […]

¡Rumba Flamenca! for Solo Guitar Tutorial

Today I want to share with you my arrangement of the popular Spanish/Flamenco piece Rumba Flamenca. The Rumba is a common flamenco dance form (palo) characterised by the rhythm 3 – 3 – 2. A Rumba is traditionally played at a slow to medium pace but this arrangement is more dramatic at faster tempi. I […]

Spain Guitar Version (Chick Corea)

   Spain is a Jazz Latin piece written by Chick Corea inspired by the second movement Rodrigo’s Concerto Concerto De Aranjuez. It features a syncopated melody that is played in unison and also includes a flamenco-inspired circle of fifths: the chord progress Gmaj7 – F#7 (b9) – Em – A7 (b9) – Dmaj7- Gmaj7 […]

Rumba Nova Part 1

This is the first part of a Rumba that I wrote recently and perform often. It is in the Rumba style which is a flamenco form of medium to slow pace characterized by a 3 – 3 – 2 pattern. This pattern is strummed in a certain way to bring out the accents on beats […]

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 […]

Milonga by Juan Buscaglia

This piece is called Recuerdos De Mi Pago (Memories of my home town).  It was composed by Juan Buscaglia who was an Argentinian guitarist/singer/composer. It is in the style of Milonga which is a slow Tango. The piece is at an intermediate level with some playing in higher positions, octave scales and arpeggiated chords in […]

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 guitari st 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 Getz […]

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: […]

Spanish Ballad Guitar Lesson

 This is an iconic and popular guitar pice that uses 4 main techniques: Position Changes Bass plus Treble notes arpeggio style accompaniment Barre Chords In this video, I’ll take you through each element of technique and give you suggestions on how to practice this piece. Play Along Track   or  

Rumba De La Noche

This is a simple Rumba in E minor suitable for intermediate players. It features an arpeggio style accompaniment alternating with melodic passages. The final strumming can be used to solo over by a second guitar. Play Along Track   or  

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 – […]

Gipsy Kings Style Picking Pattern

      This is a new piece I’m working on called Mano a Mano. Here is the opening section 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 […]

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. Play Along Track or    

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. Play Along Track or