Advanced Bossa Nova Phrase 1x3x

This phrase may be built built by splicing together the first measure (12) from the first basic phrase (1212) and the second measure (32) from the second basic phrase (1332), so that we get phrase 1232. It can also be played syncopated as 1233 or reversed as 3212. If we tried to syncopate the first measure (12) we would get the second basic bossa nova phrase (1332), that's why those two phrases feel very similar.

This phrase is showed below in Doralice by Dorival Caymmi as it was played by João Gilberto on Getz/Gilberto album. All the beats are played with staccato except the beat 4 from 2nd measure.


This phrase had also been used by João Gilberto in O Grande Amor and in Vivo Sonhando (as 3212) in the recordings from the same album.

Video Lesson: Doralice

Transcription for this lesson is based mainly on the Getz/Gilberto recording with some minor additions. The intro rhythmic phrases (1432 and 4442) were played by João Gilberto on his first studio recording of Doralice on album O Amor, o Sorriso e a Flor and the ending was played by João Gilberto in most live recordings from later dates.

João Gilberto initially played this song in E, this can be heard in Chico Pereira home recordings from 1958. The first studio recording from 1960 was also played in E, but slowed down to Eb. While recording Getz/Gilberto João switched to D and stuck to that key for the rest of his performing career.

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