Bossa Nova Guitar in A Flat (Ab)

Bossa nova music originated in Brazil and is typically played on a nylon-stringed classical guitar. Learn how to play a bossa nova guitar song in A flat (Ab) in this free online jazz music video lesson, with expert tips on the distinctive bossa nova plucking technique and on playing guitar chords and scales.

Series Summary

The style of music known as Bossa Nova originated in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950's, influenced by American jazz and Brazilian samba. João Gilberto, Vinicius de Moraes and Antônio Carlos Jobim are just a few of the musicians who popularized the Brazilian jazz style, prompting performers like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra to record Bossa Nova songs. The nylon-stringed classical guitar is the musical instrument which gives Bossa Nova songs like "The Girl From Ipanema" that definitive smooth sound.

In this series of free video music lessons you'll learn how to play Bossa Nova classical guitar. Expert Ryan Larson shows you the essential scales and chord progressions you'll need to know to play a Bossa Nova song in A flat, with tips on playing the A flat (Ab) major scale and the A flat (Ab) major, A flat (Ab) minor, and Ab7 chords. He'll also take you through a bossa nova song measure by measure and offer tips on the distinctive plucking technique used by Bossa Nova guitarists.

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