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Desafinado (Off Key) – Bossa Nova Guitar Lesson #12: Advanced Phrase 4444

November 16, 2019

Rhythmic phrase 4444 played with half speed. The whole phrase is played with staccato. The strings are muted both by lifting left hand fingers and by right hand fingers. The same phase played in normal tempo. Start with staccato. Half of the basic phrase. Third basic phrase Here João played F#7. This section is played with legato. Basic bossa nova phrase syncopated. Third basic phrase again. The first section repeated. When transposed to D, João played E9 here. Now the chord progression is changed. It’s still played with legato. Now move to staccato. This can also be played in the 7th position but this way creates brighter sound. Back to legato and to chord progression from the beginning, only slightly different rhythmic phrases. The melody and chord progression change, still played with legato. Finally, staccato in the end of the song. Rhythmic phrase 4444 in the song closing. If you block YouTube ads please donate some small amount to


  • Reply Tomi V January 6, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Ah, this is one tough cookie. isn't it? I did quick research (not thorough, obviously) of dozen versions available on YT. Rarely played from this key, beginning with Emaj7. Usually it's from Fmaj7 (covers) or Dmaj7 or Ebmaj7 (Gilberto himself, as you noticed in your description). Is it possible that original version is recorded in different key (e.g. in Eb and track pitched in E) or in half-step down tuning (so Fmaj7 became Emaj7). It's very interesting because it seems that all the interpreters, including Gilberto in all later recordings and live acts avoid original key. Btw, this 'off-key' song's use of 'Blue note' (augmented 4th/diminished 5th) is very charming and usual in Blues. Sorry for this long comment and thanks for excellent share!
    Sretna i uspješna 2017!

  • Reply Michael Seiler January 9, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Super ! 🙂

  • Reply Michael Seiler January 14, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Question. Is Aqua de beber on your list? greetings 🙂

  • Reply Mtthy Jhames January 17, 2017 at 1:28 am

    waw!! how can i thank you exaclty what i was looking for!!! with tabs and everthing! thanks mate 🙂

  • Reply Eassame Saied February 2, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Great video, just subscribed! Could you possibly make a video for 'Diogo Nogueira – Carinho Não Pode Faltar'? Thank you!

  • Reply Eliusalmo1 February 6, 2017 at 11:30 am


  • Reply Gabriel Canto April 12, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    your channel is perfect! exactly what I was looking for!
    do you happen to have written tabs for this song? its kinda hard to have to keep coming back to the vídeo everytime

  • Reply chrisw May 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    like it

  • Reply Gabriel Canto May 8, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Hey! Have you ever heard this version of the song? , I don't know which album this is in, but I couldn't find anywhere the chords to that intro, do you happen to have it?

    I don't know if you understand brazilian portuguese, but its a beautifull intro, it really fits the song

    Thanks as always!

  • Reply Michael Seiler June 4, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Just saw Agua , thank you ! Great lesson 🙂

  • Reply Augusto Leal June 23, 2017 at 2:03 am

    is the youtube lesson and the lesson on your text in different keys? noticed the tabs were different?

  • Reply Saddam Oneil November 19, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Perfect!! Thank you!

  • Reply De Tranquis November 29, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I proposed start playing guitar to be able to play this song, let's go!

  • Reply s1221ljc January 28, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Fantastic tutorial on this Jobim classic. Now I can play this piece on my guitar. Thank you so very much ……

  • Reply Chaz P February 13, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Hi, your lessons are really great and you are a brilliant teacher! I wonder have you tried to tab the live version of this song, I mean exactly like J.Gilberto plays it 🙂 It is in D and the first chord is a Dmaj7/F# followed by a straight E9, Em9 etc. Is there anyway one can upload alternate versions on your site ?

  • Reply Gimmisomesoap February 18, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    This is the first bossanova song I've ever played, and it blows me away every time. The chord progressions in this song are fascinating!

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  • Reply Brennan Dugan June 1, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    thank you so much for these videos, so helpful! Bringing beautiful new music to my life

  • Reply Zorron MTA June 11, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Gracias, Thanks, Obrigado.

  • Reply Carmen Demetrio July 20, 2018 at 5:31 am

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  • Reply kriss ws July 21, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Thanks forma sharing! Great tutorials! Bossa Nova looks easy in this way!

  • Reply Seaman1010 November 3, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Absolutely amazing!

  • Reply Mironski November 19, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    fabolous tutorial

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  • Reply MEJORAM Predicador January 11, 2019 at 1:53 am

    On 1:22 i think there is a mistake, the bass its on on 3rd fret but i think its on 2 were its the F#

  • Reply charly mart January 25, 2019 at 2:25 pm

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  • Reply Roy Ben Abraham March 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Jobim knew something we don't…

  • Reply Guillermo Pokoracky June 29, 2019 at 11:49 pm

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  • Reply Overthinkers Hoedown July 9, 2019 at 11:27 am

    so wonderful, all these videos. wonderful instruction, and beautiful beautiful music

  • Reply Andres Felipe November 10, 2019 at 2:02 am

    I'm in love with this channel. Pls upload new lessons :'v

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