Bossa Nova Workshop

Tracy Kim
Artichoke Community Music School: On-Line (location map)
Sunday, 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM
Start Date: Every Other Sunday starting 5/2
Duration: 4 weeks
End Date: 06/13/21


ONLINE WORKSHOP VIA ZOOM.  Tracy will send a link to access the workshop once you are registered.


Do you love listening to Bossa Nova and especially the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim?  

If you wish to learn to play songs such as:

Girl From Ipanema 
How Insensitive 
So Danco Samba 
Black Orpheus 
Samba de Orfeu 
One Note Samba 
Summer Samba 
Agua De Beber 
Mas Que Nada

….to name a few(the list of beautiful songs in the genre is endless! 

For this bi-weekly 80 min Workshop on Bossa Nova, Tracy will choose one song for each session to teach the class. He will teach the chords, the rhythm patterns, the melody, a chord melody arrangement and simple soloing ideas.  Yes, the student will learn all that in 80 Mins!  

 Most of the songs are composed by either Antonio Carlos Jobim or Luiz Bonfa, two of the most important songwriters in Brazil in the 1950-60's when Bossa Nova exploded in popularity around the world.  However, we will also play many popular Latin classics that sound particularly nice in Bossa Style.

In addition to learning a new song each week. Tracy will teach many of the basic right hand comping patterns used in Bossa Nova. Just a few of these patterns with variations can be applied to any song to create that hypnotically soothing yet syncopated groove. 

Also, you will learn the most common chord voicings as played by Brazilian guitarists such as Joao Gilberto, Luiz Bonfa, Baden Powell, Charlie Byrd, Oscar Castro Neves, and also some of the contemporary guitarists.
Many of these chords are quite unique and can be applied to spice up your chord palette and songwriting, too. 

A strong emphasis will be on learning the melodies to the songs. Tracy will teach using tab notation for guitarists for each song studied in the class. Many of these are hauntingly beautiful and also vibrant with syncopated rhythms. All songs will feature chord melody arrangement for solo guitar. 

Traditionally played on the nylon string guitar, Tracy Kim performs these compositions(and many more) weekly at Portland veunes such as Andina, El Gaucho, or Domaine Serene WIne Lounge.  

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy at email:

Upcoming Meetings
05/02/21    11:30 AM Sunday 05/02/21 11:30 AM
05/16/21    11:30 AM Sunday 05/16/21 11:30 AM
05/30/21    11:30 AM Sunday 05/30/21 11:30 AM
06/13/21    11:30 AM Sunday 06/13/21 11:30 AM