Besame Mucho (Grant Green)

Besame Mucho, one of the most popular songs of the 20th century, was written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez. The bolero is inspired by the Eusebius theme from the first movement of Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor (opus 54).

The most famous jazz guitar version of the song was recorded in 1963 by Wes Montgomery for his album Boss Guitar.

In 1962, Grant Green recorded Besame Mucho for his Blue Note album The Latin Bit which also featured songs such as Brazil and My Little Suede Shoes.

Grant Green - The Latin Bit

In this lesson, you will learn the melody of Besame Mucho as played by Grant Green and a solo inspired by Grant Green’s recording on The Latin Bit.

Recommended Listening:

  • Grant Green – The Latin Bit (1962)
  • Wes Montgomery – Boss Guitar (1963)
  • The Beatles – Anthology 1 (1995)
  • Ulf Wakenius – Taste of Honey (2020)

 

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Besame Mucho – Video

Besame Mucho (Grant Green) - Melody & Easy Jazz Guitar Solo

 

Besame Mucho – Melody

The melody of Besame Mucho uses the A Aeolian mode (the 6th of the guitar modes), mixed with the A harmonic minor scale (on the E dominant chords) and some chromaticism.

 

Backing Track (produced by Stefan Elsner)

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Listen & Play-Along

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Besame Mucho melody guitar tabs page 1

Besame Mucho melody guitar tabs page 2

Besame Mucho melody guitar tabs page 3

 

Besame Mucho – Guitar Solo

This solo over Besame Mucho mixes Grant Green licks with scales and arpeggios.

Grant Green comes from a rhythm and blues background and uses a lot of blues devices in his solos, such as the blues scales.

 

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Besame mucho guitar solo page 1

Besame mucho guitar solo page 2

Besame mucho guitar solo page 3

Besame mucho guitar solo page 4

 

Jazz Guitar Patterns

Here are 10 jazz guitar patterns that are lifted out of the solo and that you can use as building blocks for your own improvised solos.

 

Jazz Guitar Pattern 1

This first pattern over Dm7 switches between Dm7 and A7.

Playing the dominant (A7) over a minor chord creates a sense of movement.

In this pattern, I play the D harmonic minor scale over A7.

 

D harmonic minor scale D E F G A Bb C#
Played over A7 11 5 b13 b7 1 b9 3

D harmonic minor scale

 

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 1

 

Jazz Guitar Pattern 2

Here, I play an Fmaj7 arpeggio over Dm7.

This creates what is called a 3 to 9 arpeggio.

 

Fmaj7 arpeggio F A C E
Played over Dm7 b3 5 b7 9

Fmaj7 arpeggio

 

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 2b

 

This pattern can also be reversed, like this:

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 2c

 

And here are two other positions:

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 2

 

Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 2d

 

Jazz Guitar Pattern 3

This typical Grant Green lick uses the D harmonic minor scale over A7.

 

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 3

 

Jazz Guitar Pattern 4

Pattern 4 starts with an E7 arpeggio (with the 4 as a passing note) and moves on to the A harmonic minor scale before resolving to Am7.

 

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 4

 

Jazz Guitar Pattern 5

This pattern uses a simple A7 arpeggio with a typical bebop rhythm.

 

A7 arpeggio

 

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 5

 

A7 arpeggio

 

Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 5b

 

Jazz Guitar Pattern 6

Pattern 6 uses a typical minor blues scale double-stop technique.

 

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 6

 

Jazz Guitar Pattern 7

This pattern uses an Am7 arpeggio pattern that targets the b7.

 

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 7

 

This pattern can also be used over A7 by changing the b3 (c) of the minor chord to a 3 (C#).

 

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 7b

 

Jazz Guitar Pattern 8

Pattern 8 uses a chromatic line inside an A7 arpeggio.

 

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 8

 

Jazz Guitar Pattern 9

This pattern uses an F7 chord shape and targets the b7 (play as single notes, don’t fret the entire chord).

 

F7 chord diagram

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 9

 

Jazz Guitar Pattern 10

This last pattern uses a simple E7 arpeggio that resolves to Am7.

 

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Besame Mucho jazz guitar pattern 10

 

Check out our course Jazz Guitar Patterns & Phrases Volume 1 and learn 87 classic jazz guitar patterns that are ideal building blocks for your jazz guitar solos.

 

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19 thoughts on “Besame Mucho (Grant Green)”

  1. James DeBeer

    You’ve accrued enough good karma to carry on swinging on a star bringing moonbeams home in a jar. Grateful to see an altruistic soul putting his hard earned musical knowledge and untold hours in the shed ‘out there’ in the most lucid, practical way. Parsimoniously, sharing in an accessible manner our ‘Raison d’être’… the Art of Simplicity’ is not simple. Thank you for keeping the spark of Jazz alive for a generation of sonically deprived, desensitized aspirants ! In truth, the beauty in jazz is subtle (and complex if you dive deep); amazingly, I believe your hard work has opened the door that the reluctant found so intimidating; plus, the bonus:
    You won’t take all that knowledge with you to the other side. As for me I know more than I could teach, yet I can’t give it away ! Kudos, Cheers, A Jolly Good Show -‘Go For It!’ my son. One Stoked Bloke 🎵

  2. trotamundos

    Thanks so much for all your efforts. I really appreciate your work.

  3. Theodore Sandaroglou

    Great value thanks theodore

  4. Martin

    Thankyou Dirk for this superb lesson including incredible detail and playing skill.
    I really appreciate it my friend.

  5. Luis Eduardo Vega

    Gracias Máster por su inmenso aporte y generosidad… bendiciones!

  6. Anonymous

    I’d like to thank you a lot for this lesson. It’s a cleverly re-writing of grant Green’s solo and helps a lot to understand the master’s solo and develop different arpeggio shapes on the fretboard. This lesson and Blue Bossa one are a splendid starting point to study arpeggios!

  7. Antonio

    Excelente estudio de la enorme versión de Grant Green. Muy agradecido a JAZZ GUITAR por su profesionalidad y generosidad !!

  8. Maciej Banas

    Hi, you do great job, thanks for that!

  9. Anonymous

    just beautiful – DIRK ,thanks a lot.

  10. Pavel

    Thanks a lot for your great job, Dirk. Very important and interesting material for guitar players.

    1. Juraci Brandão de Paula

      Muito bonito e muito bom para estudos.
      Muito obrigado.

  11. Andy

    Thanks for this great information

  12. Khalil Sidaoui

    God bless you man, you are the unknown soldier, love your work!

  13. Donald

    What a fantastic post – so much effort for us poor guitar junkies!

  14. Pat

    Thanks so much for your wonderful work on this and past lessons. It is greatly appreciated.

    1. Anonymous

      Great! Thank You! We love you, Teacher!
      God bless you! ! !

  15. Salvador

    Brillante interpretación de un gran tema. Gracias maestro por esta gran lección.

    1. Colin Gardiner

      Thankyou for this Dirk. As Danilo said I too am a massive fan of Grant Green. Just love his playing style. So thanks a ton for this song Dirk.

  16. Danilo Campovilla

    Awesome lesson! Grant Green is one of my favorites guitar players. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!

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