Blue Bossa Guitar Chords & Rhythm Pattern

In this lesson, you will learn how to play the chords of Blue Bossa and a bossa nova rhythm pattern. One of the most common non-swing rhythms that jazz guitarists often play is the bossa nova groove. but learning how to play an authentic bossa or samba groove on the guitar can be tricky.

Blue Bossa Chords

To help you get a handle on how to play an authentic groove over any Brazilian jazz tune, I’ve put together two chord studies featuring a popular Samba/Bossa groove that you should get under your fingers.

While you are probably familiar with major 7 chords and minor 7 chords, it is very common in Brazilian music to use maj9 and m9 chords instead. These m9 chords have a bit of a “softer” sound than maj7 and m7 chords and help create the smooth-sounding quality that we associate with bossa nova.

In these chord studies, you will notice that the thumb plays bass notes on 1 and 3 of each bar, mostly the root note alternated with the 5th to create some movement.


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Blue Bossa Chord Study #1

In this first Blue Bossa chord study, I play a typical bossa nova rhythm guitar pattern on acoustic guitar.

Notice that bossa nova chord patterns always have the following specifics:

  • The bass notes come on the beat and are played with the thumb.
  • Usually, the root note is alternated with the 5th (or a b5 in the case of m7b5 chords) in the bass.
  • The top voices of the chord are syncopated (syncopation = accenting a normally weak beat).


Blue Bossa Chords - Easy Bossa Nova Comping


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Blue Bossa chords page 1

Blue Bossa chords page 2

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Blue Bossa Chord Study #2

The next chord study is very similar to the first, but played on acoustic guitar and has some variations here and there.


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Blue Bossa chord study 2

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11 thoughts on “Blue Bossa Guitar Chords & Rhythm Pattern”

  1. Kathryn

    Nice. I’ve been using chords from iReal. They are nice but not as nice as these.

  2. Anonymous

    Thank you Dirk. Very helpful lesson

  3. Brea

    Can I use this package on Chrome book?

  4. PhilipS

    Super, clair, net , agréable.
    Bravo et Merci

  5. Anonymous

    Thanks for your effort in bringing a wonderful song/chords to us.

  6. Stuart

    Great tune and I take advantage of the acoustic section of the lesson.
    My interest is always satisfied by the diverse genre and methods.
    And not to forget
    (Dirk, 20 years congratulations.)

  7. Dina Blade

    Obrigada! I have been on a journey playing bossa nova for 20 years and this is very comprehensive and beautifully broken down. A good key for singing as well at least for me. Dina Blade

  8. Dietmar Mathies

    Danke für diese Lektion, Bossa Nova ist eine sehr leidenschaftliche Lebensweise aus Lateinamerika.

  9. Gianni

    Siete eccezionali. Bravissimi

  10. Terry maverick g

    Thank you so kindly

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