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Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) – Bossa Nova Guitar Lesson #2: Basic Phrase Syncopated

October 28, 2019

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  • Reply auranovastudio May 10, 2016 at 7:15 pm


  • Reply Santiago Sarmiento July 2, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Hola. escuche un solo de esta misma canción . era excelente.quisiera saber su la tienen. gracias

  • Reply Samuel Cockram August 3, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I definitely need a sheet to memorise all those chords. Gonna have to pause this video at every chord change and write this down. Sounds lovely btw and I really dig the no-talk just-play style with two camera angles and the syncopation familiarity introduction. Really nice product and I shall definitely be coming back to your channel regularly!

  • Reply Paolo De Angelis October 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I must say: COMPLIMENTS! For your fantastic site: precise, professional, easy, detailed, and useful…. Till now I never found a well conceived site about bossa nova: my passion. I wonder if you can add more examples at your wonderful collection. I'd like to follow WAVE (Jobim) and CAMINHOS CRUZADOS! Please leep improving your exceptional site and example.

  • Reply deanmoncho January 17, 2017 at 12:49 am


  • Reply Luca Franzosi January 18, 2017 at 12:51 am

    oh my god man this is the greatest bossa nova lesson i've ever seen on the Internet! So complete, visually clear and directed to the point. good job and thank you very much! Great technique also.

  • Reply João Paulo Souza Böger February 5, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I must say, what a fantastic work you are doing man! Keep the great lessons cause it helps a lot to spread bossa nova and samba.
    Thank you bro!

  • Reply Marlou Musica February 15, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Esta en 2/4?

  • Reply Bob Lewis February 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Best Guitar lesson on the Internet, hands down…

  • Reply Michael Tibbs February 27, 2017 at 3:23 am

    This is a great video lesson! I'm trying hard to learn this tune.
    The last 16 note phrase 1213, is that when you make the change to the next chord, just before the measure starts?

  • Reply Maria Teresita March 3, 2017 at 5:13 am

    ¡Muy bonito, muchísimas gracias por su lección! Gracias!

  • Reply Troubadour Anibal Cota March 6, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I found a good one! thanks!

  • Reply Raoul Samson March 22, 2017 at 12:32 am

    This is also good for advanced guitar player to learn Bossa nova

  • Reply THuRStoN April 8, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Wow excellent videos I got to understand quite a few things! Nice website too!!!

  • Reply Cesar Leandro Miguel April 11, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Many thanks! Straight to the point and very effective lesson! Loved it!

  • Reply texasfrets April 12, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Beautiful lesson. Just what I was looking for. Cheers!

  • Reply Cesar Leandro Miguel April 16, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    As a way to thank you by the great work you did (and also as a good way to remember what is supposed to be played), I did a transcription of the guitar you played with sheet/notation, tabs and chord charts. I heard João Gilberto's version from 1960 "O Amor, o Sorriso e a Flor" and it's perfect.
    Here you and anyone else can take a look and download the PDF file of the transcription:

  • Reply chrisw May 2, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    10 out of 10

  • Reply Gabriel Bonet May 31, 2017 at 5:12 am

    como siempre perfecto

  • Reply Fernando Soares June 2, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Muito bom ! ótima lição , continue assim . Viva a Bossa Nossa !

  • Reply wherethelight goes June 17, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you for this excellent lesson. I can't help but wonder: what key is 'Corcovado' in? I'm tempted to say C major since there is Am, G7, and Dm7, but at the same time there is also Fm and D7.

  • Reply Christopher Moncrieffe July 10, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Fantastic lesson! My usual unspoken complaint is that video lessons are far too often unnecessarily wordy, especially when one can already play well and is trying to learn a different style and has to painfully wait through the rhetoric. Wow, great lesson!! I'm a fan.

  • Reply droop972 July 20, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you for the great work, it make it much more easier!
    I think that to add the beginnig time of each part so that we can instantly reinitiate a phase would ease even more the learning

  • Reply o justiceiro August 19, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Dude is too fast i cant follow

  • Reply J zen September 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I'm 50 and have abandonned the guitar for years. I just came back to this instrument and your channel is just fantatsic to play with pleasure again. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Guillermo Lorentzen September 23, 2017 at 5:42 pm


  • Reply Weler Martins October 20, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Is it nylon strings?

  • Reply Westerly Sunn October 30, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I'm not exactly the brightest bulb on the tree, so I'm hoping someone can explain how the 12th Chord shown can be a G13/9…
    Please… I'm so confused….

  • Reply Bernardo H November 8, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Felicitaciones!!! No puedo creer que , gracias a tu video, mi guitarra haga tan bella música !!! De curioso nomás, eres Uruguayo ? Me resultan familiares los Tamboriles del cuadro de presentación. Muchísimas gracias.

  • Reply Douglas Gimenez November 17, 2017 at 11:26 pm


  • Reply Aden Aden-Farah November 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    What's up with the Gdim chord at 1:18? The hand doesn't match the chord shape.

  • Reply Santifaster December 2, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    thanks a lot for this type of videos 😀

  • Reply lorenz broder December 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    the best instruction anywhere thank you!!!! bravo

  • Reply FDAMASO53 February 23, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    no bs; just the straight facts. awesome! ready to learn. txs.

  • Reply Ronaldo C Reis March 5, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Very good! It is very important to highlight the rhythmic tempo
    bossa nova. 2/4 …

  • Reply mov coco March 8, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    so perfect thanks!!

  • Reply emanuele rufo March 14, 2018 at 8:43 am

    I can't find the sheet of the chord. I've searched into your page, i ve tryed to subscribe but i haven't found it! It' impossible to follow your video. A video like this without a transcription has no sense.

  • Reply kuso1426 March 22, 2018 at 8:01 pm


  • Reply bossanovaguitar April 4, 2018 at 1:42 pm

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  • Reply Ronaldo C Reis April 7, 2018 at 12:26 am

    VVery good, I liked this method too much, (sheet music), compass 2/4 OK!

  • Reply Bill Blackburn April 19, 2018 at 12:04 am

    why are your chords different from the real book version?

  • Reply Leon Lawson April 19, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Anyone care to explain how the numbers on the rhythmic phrases work?

  • Reply benjamin zamora April 20, 2018 at 4:37 pm


  • Reply Rodrigo Costa April 21, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Muito completo e profissional. Parabéns pelo seu incrível trabalho!

  • Reply Al Velieri May 17, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Terrific Lesson, so glad i found your site. Thanks

  • Reply DANYAL May 22, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Is this a lesson or a person giving me the finger for 5 minutes

  • Reply meiji May 26, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I came from your site though I'm playing it on the piano, and although I cannot do this on the guitar, this is so beautiful. Although this was only a tutorial, I love listening to it. <3

  • Reply E.O.A June 1, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Explain… What is this supposed to mean???… speak.

  • Reply Alejandro Rios June 18, 2018 at 12:58 am

    OMG, great tutorial!!!!

  • Reply Carmen Demetrio July 20, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Ahora, música de la vieja guardia❗️❗️❗️🙌🏻 (Cartola, Carlos Cachaça.., Nelson Sargento…) pleaaaase❗️🙏🏼

  • Reply Nasi Padang July 23, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Whoever ran this channel is amazing, kudos to you sir

  • Reply Regev1970 August 9, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Your lessons are the best I've seen on youtube.
    Thank you very very much

  • Reply 46 Touring August 18, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    beautiful video

  • Reply Nick Owen August 23, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Do you offer an online course?

  • Reply Абзал Амангелдиев September 5, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Im learning guitar becouse of you, thank you, the best of the best lessons Ive ever seen. Do you have a plan to continue?

  • Reply Costantino Nardella September 21, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Beautiful. Thank you for you job. Minute 1.14 you call chord G13/9. But you play G#. Are you sure about the name of chord?

  • Reply G pops September 27, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Very helpful and very nice vid form . Thanks!!

  • Reply Guitar Player September 28, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    You are awesome…

  • Reply José Souza October 12, 2018 at 11:06 pm


  • Reply Gary Smith October 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Now you're syncopating! Nice stuff. I thought Insensatez sounded too dry. But this is excellent. Thanks!

  • Reply Gary Smith October 15, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    I meant no disrespect. You're right, Gilberto doesn't syncopate the guitar on Insensatez, and it really is the perfect vehicle for that basic phrase. I dig your site very much 🙂

  • Reply Josh Howe December 12, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Amazing tutorial, was able to learn it within hours thanks to you!

  • Reply xeba01 December 30, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Estimados, transcribí la canción en guitarpro, les dejo enlace para que lo descarguen:

  • Reply Elias cappellin20 December 31, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Thankyou… gracias.
    Está muy completada.
    Perfecto… I will copy your work… and play to.

  • Reply Lorenzo Cappellin January 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Hola… gracias por su trabajo. Es excelente composición audiovisual. La más didáctica que jamás haya visto.
    Veo que recibe donación o aporte de voluntarios… vivo en Venezuela y por ahora es imposible donar desde aquí. Ud se la merece, quedo en deuda pues.
    Sugiero una cosa para la digitación de la mano izquierda de esta pieza: En el minuto 1:55 hace una pisada del acorde de Dm7 en el 5to traste para después bajar al primer traste para realizar el F9/G… a mi se me hace mucho más fácil hacer el mismo acorde de Dm7 en el primer traste para pasar al F9/G sin mover el brazo y reacomodar los dedos.
    GRACIAS POR ESTAS PRESENTACIONES… ahora puedo tocar piezas que antes no.

  • Reply Sem Crise January 16, 2019 at 2:54 am

    this chanel is gold !

  • Reply Digiphex Electronics March 7, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Gilberto is starting a phrase by playing chord and bass together for the most part. He is also in a lower key and playing different chords. Have you thought of making a tutorial where you play it like Gilberto?

  • Reply EC S March 8, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Great tutorials with all the visuals to assist. Will be able to play these beautiful bossa nova melodies in no time. Thanks a bundle!

  • Reply Stefan Enzler April 2, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Nice video, thanks!! Here my question:
    I am a flamenco guitar player and a few months ago I starded to learn Bossa Nova Nova and I like it a lot too. But on my flamenca blanca guitar Bossa sounds a little 'hard'.
    Which nylon string guitar would you recomand me to buy for Bossa Nova, if had 2000 euro left? Thank you!

  • Reply Jose Mendez April 11, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Simplemente… Maravilloso

  • Reply Michelle D May 17, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Thank you so much for your videos I am in love with bossa nova

  • Reply Sean Murphy May 18, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you for this video, it is excellent.

  • Reply zammie01 May 25, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Boss job!

  • Reply Alfredo Montane June 27, 2019 at 2:05 am


  • Reply antónio qual July 10, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    thank you so much, so clear and complete. Regards from Portugal in the year of Joao Gilberto's passing

  • Reply Ronaldo Oliveira July 18, 2019 at 11:50 am


  • Reply ADA August 17, 2019 at 12:21 am

    HI Bossa you are in am right?

  • Reply Admiral DuGalle September 10, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    To play bossa nova, do I really need a classical guitar? I think yes because the chords are harder to play on acoustic.

  • Reply Roach Sanderson September 11, 2019 at 11:43 pm


  • Reply osvaldo berlina October 9, 2019 at 1:01 am

    No way. Beast YouTube channel

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