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Bossa Nova Guitar Lesson #17: Advanced Bossa Nova Phrase 3233
Água de Beber (Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes)

This is loosely based on two recordings made by Jobim, an instrumental version released on album The Wonderful World Of Antonio Carlos Jobim in 1965 and on Jobim's duet with Frank Sinatra recorded in 1969. This video also includes subtitles.

The video shows the usage of advanced bossa nova phrase 3233 in song intro and transitions. This phrase and it's variations (3332 and 3333) were also used often by João Gilberto. Examples of their usage can be found in Só Danço Samba, Samba da Minha Terra and Prá Machucar Meu Coração video lessons on this site.

It is always a challenge to transcribe for a guitar the song that was originally recorded with orchestral arrangement. In those cases the chords played on guitar need to be extended to include the notes played by the other instruments, e.g. E - Em7 played originally by Jobim were extended with major second and became E9 - Em9 (at 2:12 and 2:19). Likewise the rhythmic phrases were also adjusted. The syncopation of basic bossa nova phrase was selected to complement the melody as it was sung by Jobim. If you intend to sing the melody on different beats it would make sense to revise the syncopation of the phrases.

Few things to note about guitar accompaniment:

1. In this phrase the bass and all dotted 8th notes are played with staccato while all the 16th notes are played with legato. Both bass and chords are played simultaneously on all main beats except beat 5, in a similar way the phrase 1332 was played in Garota de Ipanema lesson. As usual with staccato playing, pay special attention to muting of the strings.

2. The chord change from Bm7 to Cmaj7/-5 (xx4557) may be difficult to perform due to the stretch between ring and little finger. In such a case it makes sense to fret first 3 fingers first to establish a firm reference point and add little finger fraction of a second later. As this change is played with staccato there is just enough time to perform this kind of chord change.

3. For the closing Bm7 all 5 fingers of the right hand are used.

Enjoy playing Água de Beber!

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Bossa Nova Guitar Skype Lessons

Individual bossa nova guitar Skype lessons are now available for booking using our online booking scheduler. Lessons may last from 30 to 90 minutes. Introductory lesson is free of charge, following lessons are priced under the pay-what-you-want model.

Registration is required. Once registered you may book an introductory lesson. You need a computer with camera, mic, speakers or headphones attached and a guitar. After introductory lesson completes you will be able to access your personal lesson plan with lecture handouts, exercises and additional transcriptions.

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New Bossa Nova Guitar Advanced Lessons

Bossa Nova Guitar published new guitar lessons in Advanced section that correspond to new videos that were recorded and published on YouTube bossanovaguitar channel previously. Those contain four new advanced bossa nova rhythmic phrases and newly written introduction to Advanced section with explanation about advanced rhythmic phrase construction.

There is also a newly written summary at the end of Basic section where all the basic phrases are summarized using their additive rhythmic components for easier comparison as well as a follow-up exercise with creation of custom rhythmic phrase explained.

Enjoy these new lessons!

Lessons by, 2017

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Bossa Nova Guitar Lesson #12: Advanced Bossa Nova Phrase 4444
Desafinado (Antonio Carlos Jobim - Newton Mendonça)

This is loosely based on the first recording of Desafinado by João Gilberto from 1958. All the rhythmic phrases, the key (E major) and majority of the chords came from that recording, while some chords were replaced by those played by João Gilberto in his subsequent recordings (transposed from Eb and D that João would use later). Additionally some chords were changed, most important being F#7/-5 that replaced 7 that João used originally and 9 that he would use later on.

The most challenging aspect of playing this song is maintaining smooth legato with quick and sometimes large chord jumps throughout the song as well as the large number of different chords (40). While rhythmic phrases are relatively simple, the melody is also somewhat tricky as it involves singing augmented fourth on top of F#7 chord (that's the reason behind 7/-5 replacement).

The rhythmic phrase featured in lesson (4444) is usually performed by surdo drums in samba, while in bossa nova guitar playing it is almost exclusively used in song transitions (bridges) and openings/closings.

Enjoy playing Desafinado!

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Bossanovaguitar published new video lesson about Wave by Antonio Carlos Jobim. This is loosely based on two recordings by Tom Jobim, an instrumental version from 1967 released on album Wave and on Jobim's duet with Frank Sinatra recorded in 1969.

Jobim usually played this song in D major, while with Sinatra it was recorded a semitone above (E flat). I chose a semitone above Jobim/Sinatra recording (E) as it makes it possible to have nice open E string bass for intro and transition parts and also makes it a bit easier to sing the melody the same way as Sinatra did (he sang E flat).

This lesson is about bossa nova phrases that contain 4 beat pattern where all pulses (16th notes) are played (pattern 7). Those are mainly used in song introductions, transitions (bridges) and closings. The phrases from this lesson differ only in the last part, that is second half of the second measure/bar, where they may contain 2, 3 or all 4 pulses.

Enjoy playing Wave by Tom Jobim!

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Bossanovaguitar created new video lesson about Triste by Antonio Carlos Jobim. This one is loosely based on two recordings made by Jobim, an instrumental version from 1967 released on album Wawe and on Jobim's duet with Frank Sinatra recorded in 1969.

Major highlights of this lesson include arpeggiated chords in the introduction and strings muting throughout the song. Arpeggiated chords are played such that the highest note of the chord (the last one played) is played on the beat. Special care with muting is necessary as there are a lot of open strings played.

Note that the closing phrase represents an attempt to imitate agogo bells.

Enjoy playing Triste by Tom Jobim!

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New bossanovaguitar video lesson is available on YouTube. This one is about Samba de Uma Nota So by Tom Jobim - Newton Mendonça, as recorded by Joăo Gilberto in 1960.

Despite being "built upon a single note" it's quite tricky to play as there are 20 different rhythmic phrases (out of 32 in total) as well as 28 different chords.

The song opens with chords played in legato style with slight crescendo during the "nota so" phrase, followed by staccato similar to the one used in Chega de Saudade.

Note that the closing rhythmic phrase differs from the one played by Jobim in his own recordings of the same song.

Enjoy playing Samba de Uma Nota So!
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