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Easy Steps to Bossa Nova Guitar

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8 Videos | Length: 1hr 17min 53sec
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    Chapter 1

    Aaron plays some Bossa Nova and shares information on the history of the style.

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    Chapter 2

    In this video, Aaron breaks down the Brazilian guitar. Then, he covers the absolute basics to help you get started.

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    Chapter 3

    Aaron explores chords and helps you learn to identify the different chords by memory.

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    Chapter 4

    Aaron shows you different examples and variations.

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    Chapter 5

    Next up, Aaron takes things to the next level with some valuable techniques, helping you raise your confidence in your playability.

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    Chapter 6

    Aaron shows you some different chords and how they can be applied to different Brazilian songs.

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    Chapter 7

    Aaron shows a couple of different places where you can insert the chords you've learned. He also shares some tips on how to use them smoothly.

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    Chapter 8

    This video covers the last two chords along with some signature techniques. Aaron then signs off and plays one last example.

Product Overview


Aaron Gilmartin builds your bossa nova guitar technique step-by-step, providing chordal exercises, melodic passages and syncopated picking along with invaluable guitar advice and musical knowledge.

Based on a melding of jazz voicings and samba rhythms, this gently swinging fingerpicking-based style will bring new colors and rhythms to all your guitar accompaniments and solos.

He opens the lesson with his original song, Hold the Place, based around a typical four-chord progression that will give your playing an instantly recognizable Brazilian sound while putting it into a present day singer/songwriter context.

Teaching in "little bites" so you can absorb each musical idea, Aaron carefully demonstrates the chord shapes, rhythms, turnarounds, and progressions that will allow you to work out arrangements for Girl from Ipanema, Black Orpheus, Desafinado and other international hits.

Although this style can be played on any type of guitar, this music is best played on nylon strings. Get your Bossa Nova chops going today!


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Easy Steps to Bossa Nova Guitar is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from good muy educativo
Date published: 2019-03-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Bossa Intro - thank you Well thought out and presented videso - the pdf is excellent as well.
Date published: 2016-09-22
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Should be called "Chord explanations". Very little detail on the rhythms, and polyrhythmic idiosyncrasies of Bossa Nova. Most of the video is spent on demonstrating basic jazz chord voicings. Almost nothing to do with the variety of rhythms used. Waste of money unfortunately.
Date published: 2016-07-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great intro to playing Bossa Nova I was excited to see this title show up and it turned out to be a great intro to Bossa Nova. I was able to keep up with the video and learn the chords as it was playing, creating great chords and lines. Would love to see more of this series in the future!
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from A bit slow While there are some interesting and useful parts it takes an age to get to them and he never really puts them all together. For the amount of time spent I learned very little.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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