Kent Murdick

“One of the most used and abused styles on the nylon-string guitar is the bossa nova,” wrote Kent Murdick in this seminar. “It is actually a jazz-influenced, slower form of the traditional Brazilian samba, and the guitar is its dominant instrument. But of the many players who can knock out tunes such as ‘One Note Samba’ or ‘Girl From Ipanema,’ few achieve a proper samba feel.”

With its even bass line and syncopated chord stabs, this simple C major example is based on a traditional “clave” rhythm, and should get you in on the ground floor of bossa guitar—a style that, despite its airy and breezy sound, should never be taken lightly.