I started getting into Brazilian music in college. Like a million other jazz students across the country I was playing really bad versions of Blue Bossa, Black Orpheus, and Girl From Impanema.
But I was hooked! It was different from than any guitar playing I’d heard.
I started listening the greats – Tom Jobim, Elise Regina, Joao Gilberto and others. As well contemporary artists like Joyce, Caetano Veloso, and Maria Rita.
Over the years, these styles have influenced me greatly and have become a huge part of my personal sound.
This is Part 1 a series on playing great Brazilian guitar. It’s meant for any guitarist interested in learning the basics of the Brazilian style. My goal for you is that you’ll have the tools to play confidently in the style in minimal time.
Here’s an appetizer of what we’re going to dive into – Desafinado played by Joao Gilberto – One of the most famous Brazilian vocalists and guitarists.
In this post we’re going to tackle the basics of Bossa Nova rhythm guitar. Let’s get started!