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Insensatez (How Insensitive) – Bossa Nova Guitar Lesson #1: Basic Phrase

December 14, 2019

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  • Reply Andrew Kay March 13, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Many thanks for these wonderful, lucid lessons, guys! Invaluable. Any chance of one on João's "Avarandado" off the self-titled 1973 album?

  • Reply auranovastudio May 10, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Mgníficos Videos… Muy Profesionales… Graciass

  • Reply jakemf1 June 5, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Great lesson! Please keep them coming!

  • Reply the great Agnes Baltsa January 23, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Your lesson is amazing! I want you to give us other lessons for the song like "Meditacao" and "Avarandado". I found out some nice covers by Lisa Ono.
    For Meditacao, you can just listen to the video in this link-, and for Avarandado 28:35 of the video in this link –
    Personally I think these are really good, so I just wanna recommend you. I can finally play Para ma chucar meu coracao by learning with your lesson. And now I'm gonna learn this great song 'Insensatez'. Thank q so much! Wish you happiness!

  • Reply Eliusalmo1 February 6, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Great great!

  • Reply Eliusalmo1 February 6, 2017 at 11:38 am


  • Reply Victor Formosa February 17, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Nicely put across. I am a flamenco player, but will certainly be getting into these lessons, many thanks.

  • Reply David Wu February 26, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Great lesson! Thank you very much!
    Cheers from California

  • Reply Yan Gagliardi February 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing this awesome lesson, it's a great and yet simple method to learn from.

  • Reply Jules April 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Wonderful guide! I'm new to playing the guitar. At 2:14 with the right-hand move at the second part, could you describe what you're exactly doing? Many thanks in advance!

  • Reply Kuba Kesy April 9, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Great lesson, thank you. I don't understand the Db7/9/G#. Why is there a minor 3rd and a minor 9th?

  • Reply Gabriel Canto April 18, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Very helpfull video as always, I was so happy to be able to learn this in a single day.

    Just to make sure, the tab in the video is saying that Bm7 is a bar on the 5th fret, that is a typo right? Should be on the 7th

  • Reply Alex Volks May 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Jesus fucking christ, this is fantastic!

    I have homework for weeks with this 😀

  • Reply Cesar Leandro Miguel May 28, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Great lesson as usual! Thanks a lot! Best regards from Brasil!

  • Reply Nestor Martinez Music May 29, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Excelente!! más claro ni el agua.

  • Reply Gabo May 31, 2017 at 5:11 am

    gracias por hacerlo Perfecto para nosotros

  • Reply Thomas Johnson June 8, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you for posting these magnificent video lessons. Very best, Tom

  • Reply jonnbruin June 10, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    For years I've been wanting to start learning bossa nova, but had no idea where to start. Thank you SO MUCH for these lessons and your very informative website. Appreciate that you accommodate completely novice players. It really sets a foundation for understanding and fully appreciating this wonderful music.

  • Reply Vinícius June 24, 2017 at 2:50 am

    I'm brazilian, and I am happy to see our music well represented outside Brazil.
    Personally, I'm used to listening in Am7, but your version in a tone above is perfect!
    Congratulations and keep doing it!

  • Reply Alberto July 11, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you very much for your terrific job! I was searching for weeks a good resource for learning bossa and suddenly I have found your fantastic site! A presto by a bossa guy from Italy 😉

  • Reply dane brown July 30, 2017 at 2:39 am

    So hypnotic. I wish it could keep going. Is there more?

  • Reply carl willat December 10, 2017 at 3:29 am

    May we have Doralice? That would be great!

  • Reply James Rone December 11, 2017 at 4:37 am

    I can't quite figure out where the melody would begin here.

  • Reply arthurthegreat December 17, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Absolutely awesome lessons! I think it would be super cool if at the end of the video you would play it one more time but with singing on top of it.

  • Reply bossanovaguitar April 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm

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  • Reply Regev1970 April 19, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Great lesson. Thank you.

  • Reply Manu Nevoyer April 21, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Hi i hav tried to record me…if you want take a look, it s here

  • Reply Even BOUESSEL DU BOURG April 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Very nice indeed! thanks a lot 🙂

  • Reply brunoblivious May 23, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    This is the model every youtube guitar lesson should follow. Everything you need to know is there with no talking or interruptions.
    Thanks for making these videos.

  • Reply David Sodré June 28, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Could you teach "bolinha de papael"?

  • Reply serge j July 11, 2018 at 2:39 am

    very useful thank you

  • Reply André Anacleto August 23, 2018 at 12:30 am

    Esse A13/-9 aos 1:37 na verdade não é um Bb13(b9)??

  • Reply LaMusicade4 August 31, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Lovely, thank you

  • Reply JaneDoe September 3, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    What guitar strings do you use if you don't mind me asking?

  • Reply 4c00h September 3, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Do you have a lesson 0? 😀 :'(

  • Reply niño pantera November 23, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    i learned to play this song, but when i tried to play it with listening to the original song it does'nt fit well…and this version its much shorter than the original…

  • Reply Raul Segale January 9, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Muy bueno!!! Muchas Gracias por compartir!!!

  • Reply Sergio Andrés Vahos February 12, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Can you please put on the chords for "Para el dolor" by Ana Laan ???

  • Reply Cansu Erdoğan April 8, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Great Job!

  • Reply Christopher Granter April 11, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    This series is great. Thank you 👍

  • Reply Maximilian Marshall April 14, 2019 at 12:12 am

    I love all your videos, they're incredibly helpful. The song is in D minor right? What function does the first D7/A have since the third (F#) doesn't fit in the key?

  • Reply Michele Maggiulli April 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    o melher video

  • Reply hentai May 28, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    thank you!

  • Reply илья лебедев July 2, 2019 at 10:53 am

    You've done a mistake. You've wtitten 'Am6' as 055405, but you've played it as 045405. Sorry my English 🙂

  • Reply илья лебедев July 2, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Привет из России. Hi from Russia

  • Reply Casey Phillips August 16, 2019 at 10:33 am

    As always, very nice lesson. Where can I buy the chord charts?

  • Reply Stealth- Boy 3000 August 27, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for all the lessons, just starting out. I can kinda handle the shapes, but the theory behind it scares me a bit! 🙂 thx again!

  • Reply Sam029andCo October 10, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Merci beaucoup pour toutes ces leçons très visuelles et claires dans leur présentation !! J'apprends beaucoup avec vous !! Merci encore depuis Paris !!

  • Reply Colin Caissie December 12, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    While playing Chopin's Op. 28 no.4, my friend said…"oh Jobim..insensatez.", it's Chopin…no Jobim.
    Trust me, if you play the Chopin piece with a bossa nova rhythm….great musical ideas live on…

  • Reply Valery Rozental December 13, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Dear #bossanovaguitar, thank you for this amazing content! I love the didactic of these videos! I have a question regarding the Chord Dflat7/9/with bass on G# (appears @ 1.44min)… The E note on the third fret, string 4 would make a minor third with Dflat, making it a minor chord. Also, the D on 2nd string would make it a -9… Should this be then, Dflat min7/-9 then, or am I missing something? Thank you in advance

  • Reply Valery Rozental December 14, 2019 at 6:35 am

    When you dive into analyzing the chord progression you realize it is full with "delicious" subtleties, like the chromatic descent on third string (and bass) through Bm-A#-A-E7 progression. Or how the resolution of E7/G#, that has a strong dominant characteristic, to much more "calm" G6, is nothing but a half-step descent in the bass. I wonder if this is some well known famous harmonization, like by Jobim, or Gilberto, or have you made it yourself. In any case, it is ingenious!

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