Besame Mucho Chords

The Easy Guide to Jazz Guitar Chords


Here’s a simple (for beginners) chord comping arrangement of Besame Mucho, a Bolero composed in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez.

The most famous jazz guitar recording of Besame Mucho is on Wes Montgomery’s album Boss Guitar.


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The Easy Guide to Jazz Guitar Chords

  1. rickJun 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    well presented the blue against the beige.

    • Johan GuitarmateJul 3, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Thank you for this Dirk!!

  2. rafJul 1, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Thanks for the song!

  3. rafael guerreroJul 1, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Gracias muy bueno…..

  4. Carlos CamarasaJul 1, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Well done, but i think the first beat of each bar, must be writed like a eight note with a dot ,and a sixteen note,better than two eight notes, if you want to write what it sounds in de demo,just sayin, but you do a great job here,and with your lessons,thank you.

    • Roderick CameliaJul 1, 2014 at 5:45 am

      Hello Carlos, you’re making a very good observation.

      What’s actually ocurring is that he’s playing the first 2 eigth-notes as “swing eights”. (If you’re not familiar with the term, it means that the 2 eigth-notes are played as the 1st and 3rd note of an eigth-note triplet.

      This is stylistically not correct, since this song is a bolero and the bolero uses only “straight eighths”.

      I have a latinjazz group and the bolero is one of the styles that we play. If you would like to here several examples of them, go to and click on any “bolerojazz”.

      Hope this will help.

      • Carlos CamarasaJul 4, 2014 at 1:29 am

        Hello roderick ,what sounds in the demo,are not a swing feel,listen carefully,they are what i said before. I am very sure of this,i know perfectly what is the different of a swing feel , based on triplets , and what is a sixteen notes feel,used in this case,they are very close,but they are different. You can go also to my youtube , youtube/camarasaurus . ANd i have seen right now that Dirk did the correction very well.

    • Dirk LaukensJul 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      You’re right guys, fixed it…

      • Carlos CamarasaJul 4, 2014 at 1:34 am

        Well done Dirk, now is perfect.

  5. GerardJul 1, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Always appreciate these. Best lessons anywhere. I don’t read music as others more formally schooled might, so tab with notations are huge benefit. Thank you!

    • StanleyFeb 12, 2017 at 4:14 am

      I will just say that I had no formal music education but i was able to teach myself with books from the library–before there was an internet. It’s easy now–and well worth it

  6. HARFENJul 1, 2014 at 4:23 am

    Awesome.. good work..

  7. DarrelJul 1, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I REALLY enjoy this lesson! Good job! And like Gerard, I appreciate the tab since my reading abilities still leave a bit to be desired! Again, thanks!

  8. YohannJul 1, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Cool, I liked it!

  9. DanielJul 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Muchas gracias por la leccion

  10. Randy KatzJul 1, 2014 at 9:24 am


  11. benjybobJul 1, 2014 at 11:51 am

    great to see the chords on the fretboard makes it easy

    eg Bm7(b5) there in blue red black and white

    even faster than the tab thanx

  12. KOCAJul 1, 2014 at 9:32 pm


  13. Gavin DavisJul 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    As usual great stuff Dirk. Thanks

  14. FrankJul 1, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Very helpful, thanks

  15. SteveJul 2, 2014 at 1:25 am

    This was on my list of songs to learn.
    Many Thanks!

  16. JacquesJul 2, 2014 at 5:11 am


  17. Reggie BJul 2, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Great lesson. Love it.

  18. RolandJul 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Thanks Dirk,
    Nice arrangement, just teaching it to my son!

  19. YannisJul 2, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Well done !!!

  20. SteveJul 2, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Very nice, thank you.
    I don’t play Besame Mucho often, but when I do, I drink Dos Equis.

  21. DanaJul 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    cool – what is the best way to print this out?

    • Dirk LaukensJul 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Dana, just right click the sheet music somewhere neer the top and select “Print Picture…”. There are 3 pages in this arrangement, just see where the first one ends after printing and you can select the second and then the third one…

  22. gidAbelJul 3, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Good job here man

  23. @WhiteCatzsJul 3, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Very nice, is there a way to add the melody line overtop? Maybe that would make it too complicated.

  24. jayJul 4, 2014 at 2:18 am

    these types of lessons are great! Thank you so much for providing something for people at all different levels of ability. One question (very basic, and should be obvious, but I struggle with this – sorry), what key is this in? Is it Am?

    • Dirk LaukensJul 4, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Hey Jay, yes, the song is in Am. You can easily find the key by playing the chords and listening to which chord would end the tune…

  25. Carlos CamarasaJul 4, 2014 at 2:38 am

    I am a profesional musiciam and teacher in Music and guitar and i like this page to use it like examples and lessons for my students , and i recommend them to come here to see the very good stuff you got here.You are doing a great job Dirk,thank you for your work.

  26. BobJul 5, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Enjoyed playing along with this very much – Many thanks.

  27. evabroughtanaxthistimeJul 28, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Shot for the song! Couldn’t access mailbox for long time, so this was a welcome find. See you’ve sent more goodies, but can only thank you tomorrow, time permitting. Much love…

  28. giorgosNov 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Great! Thanx Dirk.

  29. CharlesNov 12, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I really appreciate how you display your lessons. I have a teacher who I receive guitar lessons from each week, but I find that even though I have been reading music on both the guitar and saxophones, the way you illustrate the tabs help me with tab reading. Thanks again!

  30. milkmannnvMar 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Great lesson,I had to break it down to 1, 2 and 4 bar phrases to get the picking pattern down and then apply it to other chord progressions I know,which made learning this lesson easier.Thank you for all these cool chord comping etudes.

  31. ShahinJul 14, 2015 at 8:11 am


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