Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova music style created by Antonio Carlos Jobim (Tom Jobim), Vinicius de Moraes, and João Gilberto. It is characterizes by sophisticated use of seventh and extended chords, rhythm based on samba with an emphasis on the first beat and not not swinging, and often soft vibratoless singing.

Some say it came from jazz (Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Barney Kessel, Stan Kenton) and traditional Brazilian samba rhythms, others that it was influences was a mix of harmonies from the French impressionist composers Debussy and samba.

On the guitar the thumb plays the bass notes on 1 and 3, while the fingers pluck the chords in unison on 1 and 2, delayed on 3. Overall, the rhythm has a swaying rather than swinging feel.

Bossa Nova - Guitarists