Playing the Bossa Nova on Guitar
Bossa Nova Exercise Number One

Playing Brazilian jazz music is one of the most enjoyable things that I do as a performer. While discussing this art form with the bass player in one of the groups I play with, I decided to write out a typical Bossa Nova rhythm pattern for the guitar. If you are new to this style I hope the following exercise will help you develop your "Bossa Chops". Pluck the bass line (stems down) with your thumb and the other notes (stems up) with your fingers. I recorded an audio file which is found below the sheet music. Although I strongly encourage you to read the music in staff notation (see my ongoing series on reading staff notation for guitar here), you can download a version that includes tablature below.

I hope you enjoy playing this Bossa Nova exercise!

Jeff Anvinson, owner/operator of JLA Music

Bossa Nova Exercise Number One, copyright 2015 Jeffrey L Anvinson

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