Samick Motherlode

December 2014
more... AdvancedLessonsRhythmOctober 2009

Bossa Nova Rhythms: Common Two-Measure Patterns


from Carlos Arana's Bossa Nova Guitar
Bossa Nova often uses two-measure patterns, crafted from a virtually unlimited combination of rhythm cells. In this lesson, I’ll show you several of the most commonly played bossa nova patterns, in their most basic form. Accompanying each example is its rhythm-cell makeup and its graphic representation. Note the use of staccato markings to indicate where chords should be muted. On the tracks, I will first play the version without the muted notes, in measures 1 and 2, and then play the version with them, in measures 3 and 4.




Pattern 1: (Rhythm Cell 5 + Rhythm Cell 9 + Rhythm Cell 2 + Rhythm Cell 17) + (Rhythm Cell 12 + Rhythm Cell 9 + Rhythm Cell 2 + Rhythm Cell 17)




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Pattern 2: Rhythm Cell 2 + Rhythm Cell 5 + Rhythm Cell 12 + Rhythm Cell 8




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Pattern 3: (Rhythm Cell 5 + Rhythm Cell 12 + Rhythm Cell 12 + Rhythm Cell 12) + (Rhythm Cell 12 + Rhythm Cell 12 + Rhythm Cell 12 + Rhythm Cell 12)





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Pattern 4: (Rhythm Cell 2 + Rhythm Cell 17) + (Rhythm Cell 12 + Rhythm Cell 9)





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Pattern 5: (Rhythm Cell 3 + Rhythm Cell 8) + (Rhythm Cell 2 + Rhythm Cell 17) + (Rhythm Cell 10 + Rhythm Cell 8) + (Rhythm Cell 2 + Rhythm Cell 17)





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Pattern 6: (Rhythm Cell 3 + Rhythm Cell 10 + Rhythm Cell 10 + Rhythm Cell 10) + (Rhythm Cell 10 + Rhythm Cell 10 + Rhythm Cell 10 + Rhythm Cell 10)





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