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How to Play Bossa Nova Bass Lines:
Upright and Electric Bassist, Jared Plane presents a brief introduction to playing, understanding and improvising a bossa nova style bass line.
In this tutorial, Jared discusses some of the key concepts that are essential for constructing strong, bossa nova style bass lines. Kenny Dorham’s hit composition, Blue Bossa, is one of the best tunes for learning this style of bass playing, and is the central focus for this tutorial.
Not all of the chords in the progression were covered in this tutorial. A brief outline of the chord progression can be seen below:
Blue Bossa is a 16 bar bossa nova composition, consisting of the following chords:
| Cmi7 | Cmi7 | Fmi7 | Bb7 |
|Dmi7(b5) | G7 | Cmi7 | Cmi7 |
| Ebmi7 | Ab7 | Dbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 |
| Dmi7(b5) | G7 | Cmi7 | Dmi7(b5) G7 |
The student is encouraged to hunt down a lead sheet version of this composition, for ease of learning and site reading. This composition can be found in many Hal Leonard Real Books, most commonly acquired through Hal Leonard’s Real Book, Sixth Edition.
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