The Girl From Ipanema Chords

In this lesson you will learn to play the original chords and bossa nova guitar patterns of the classic bossa song The Girl from Ipanema, written by Antonio Carlos Jobim (music) and Vinicius de Moraes (Portuguese lyrics).

The guitar rhythm pattern is fairly simple, the chords are as well. Note that most chord voicings are played with the 5th in the bass.

The first A-section has a slight variation compared to the 2 following A-sections: starting on bar 9, a chromatic Ebm9 to D9 to Db6/9 is played, where as in later A-sections, the progression is replaced by Ab13sus4 to Ab13 to Db6/9.

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The Girl From Ipanema Video

 

The Girl From Ipanema Chords & Guitar Tabs

Backing Track

The Girl From Ipanema Chords 1

 

The Girl From Ipanema Chords 2

 

The Girl From Ipanema Chords 3

 

The Girl From Ipanema Chords 4

 

 

The Girl From Ipanema

 

Some trivia about The Girl from Ipanema:

  • The song was inspired by a Brazilian girl named Helô Pinheiro, who regularly strolled by the Veloso bar where Jobim and Vinicius frequented. When interviewed later, she told the reporter she would walk by the bar to buy cigarettes for her mother. She also claims she was the first woman on the beach to wear a 2-piece bathing suit.
  • Helô became the Brazilian Playboy Playmate in 1987 and 2003.
  • In 2001, Helô was sued by the heirs of the composers for using the title of the song as the name of her boutique in Sao Paulo. Helô Pinheiro won the case.
  • The Girl from Ipanema has been made famous by the recording of Stan Getz and João Gilberto. For the vocals, they first had Sarah Vaughan in mind, but they eventually convinced Gilberto’s wife, Astrud Gilberto, to do the singing. Astrud had never sung professionally, her first recording became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time.
  • The Rio de Janeiro district called Ipanema was not a well-known area back then. The song made it the famous beach it is today. The street of the Veloso bar has been renamed to Vinicius de Moraes street.
  • Russell Salo says:

    Yes – this is exactly what i’ve been looking for – a million thanks!!

  • Ihar says:

    Thanks a lot for tabs and for the history! Its very interesting! Joy! @musicworld_by

  • Simon says:

    Dirk,

    thank you for providing standard chord (grid) diagrams above the TAB lines. This makes all the difference for me; (and I’m sure for quite a few others out there as well).

  • jon says:

    when I plug in the first chord in chord finder app, it says B Flat 7sus and the root of the chord is Aflat, why does the notation say D flat 6/9 Aflat?

    • Dirk Laukens says:

      Hi Jon, that chord is the second inversion of Db 6/9, so Db 6/9 with the 5th in the bass. Chords with the 5th in the bass are used often in bossa nova.

  • jon says:

    what does the red dot mean on the chord diagrams?

    • Dirk Laukens says:

      Hi Jon, the red dot is the root (the 1) of the chord.

  • Pean Sass says:

    This is insane. Im drunk as fuck and i was on a bossa kick when i thought, what the fuck are the voicings that he uses to actuallyl play them and then i look them up and the first thing isee is this that was post 3 days ago? jesus what a coincidnece its absolutely inanse okay sorry ill leave and lear he song now

  • NoobJasser says:

    Excellent lesson! I hope you could cover lead/melody part. Thank you!

  • Tom says:

    This is the BEST song page I’ve ever found on the internet!! GREAT transcription, great info from the readers, wow I learned so much!! Thanks Dirk!

  • Liam Ivens says:

    I feel like this would be way easier to read in 2/4, like most brazilian/latin music. Is there a reason you’ve notated it in 4/4?

    • Liam Ivens says:

      Also, in bar 9 the Ebm9/Bb, you’ve neglected to flat the G in the notation. I’m not just trying to be pedantic, just it makes it confusing for people like me who are learning to read and therefore trying to avoid reading tab.
      Also, it is entirely possible that I’m wrong about these things as I am still learning so please correct me if this is the case.

      • Liam Ivens says:

        Just read steves comment which clears up a few things, sorry to have jumped the gun

  • Chris says:

    Thanks so much – brilliant – sounds just right.

  • Paul says:

    Steve, I think your comment won. Thanks for helping me understand all the different versions.

  • larry says:

    There is some old TV footage of Frank Sinatra singing this tune. He is accompanied by Jobim on guitar. Not playing in F. Looks more like Db

  • Nicky says:

    Thank you, I’m really enjoying getting these beautiful chord changes under my fingers. This is a very pleasant introduction to bossa nova for me, as it has been to the wonderful world of jazz also through your posts! I appreciate your sharing!, fantastic! 🙂

  • cris says:

    Beautiful track. Where can I buy bossa nova guitar backing tracks? Regards.

  • Crooked says:

    Great! it”s a fine idea to include chords on the sheet! Many thanks.

  • mario says:

    I got your email this morning, and it really made my day. I wanted to learn to play this song for so long.

  • proggy says:

    She was certainly a lovely piece of spice in her day….. I can see why the boys were moved to write such a great encapsulating song… lovely. Thanks for posting.

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