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Watch the Bossa Etudes online guitar lesson by Fareed Haque from 1-2-3 Bossa Nova

I hope you got some fun and some groove and some basic chops out of these little etudes. Of course the next step is to learn the entire tunes. Even if you can't understand the words, try to listen to the authentic versions with lyrics in Portuguese. The rhythm of any musical style comes from its dances, its drums and its words. The Portuguese language has a rhythm all its own, not like Spanish and not at all like English. The bossa became square in the USA largely because of English lyrics - and the American singers that sang them - that did not have the same rhythm as the original Portuguese lyrics and singers.