Basic Bossa Nova Phrase Fully Syncopated

When last beat in both measures of the basic phrase is syncopated we get a fully syncopated variation of the basic phrase. Like in previous examples, the syncopation in chord voice may coincide with a chord change on the last beat of the measure or it may complement melody syncopation.


This can be seen in example taken from Só Danço Samba as played by João Gilberto on the Getz/Gilberto album from 1963.

This phrase can be also heard on the same album in Desafinado, in Garota de Ipanema during Astrud Gilberto part, in Prá Machucar Meu Coração and O Grande Amor during Getz solo as well as in some João Gilberto recordings from later dates.

Video Lesson: Só Danço Samba

Similar to previous video example, in this one there are also some chord changes on last weak beat of the pattern followed by the same chord played on next strong beat. Additionally there are also some situations when a chord is played on the weak beat without a change, followed by the same chord repeated on the strong beat. This is not used extensively, only occasionally in some songs.

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