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Solo bossa and samba song arrangements for guitar

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Hi Tyss, welcome to the forum. You can find a lot of Brazilian guitar solo arrangements and original compositions at GSP, in California.

Look at the site: http://www.gspguitar.com

I'd recommend looking for works of Paulo Bellinati, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Luiz Bonfá, Marco Pereira and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

If you have anything more specific in mind, just tell us!

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hi Eugenio thanks for the reply, i like the song sambalamento by luiz bonfa which comes for the book the brazilian masters so i'd like to find more like that.

i found this book http://www.gspguitar.com/jsp2/detailSearch.jsp?sku=HL123485&cat=allα=&search_keyword=%20Antonio%20Carlos%20Jobim&source=search

i found some reviews on it what do you think?3.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners, January 8, 2005By J. Galdo (Miami Beach) - See all my reviews

(REAL NAME) Unfortunately the book comes with a chord chart fingering explanation (inside front cover) which is a bit ambiguous. i was really hoping for a finger/fret position chord chart diagram over each chord but that's not the case. So, i would recomend this more for an intermediate and up guitarist.Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? btn-yes-sec-md._V8278393_.gif btn-no-sec-md._V8278393_.gif

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of paper, June 3, 2009By <a name="A3QZXRV92X2TXT|iUA|1" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A3QZXRV92X2TXT/ref=cm_cr_dp_pdp" style="font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: underline; ">Mario Diaz (Miami, Fl USA) - See all my reviewsThis is yet another failed attempt at trying to arrange and print Bossa Nova music. The melodies are there and intact, the harmonies not faithful, and the rhythm??? wait, there's no rhythm whatsoever. The most important thing in Bossa is the rhythm, the author overlooked that here. One of these days I am going to stop buying books on brazilian music by anybody that doesn't have a Portuguese last name. So if you are looking to play washed down poor quasi brazilian guitar solos, this book is for you, otherwise stay away!Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? btn-yes-sec-md._V8278393_.gif btn-no-sec-md._V8278393_.gif

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Let's not forget an obvious source: The website for Baden Powell set up by his son, where all the music is free, http://www.brazil-on...ar.de/tabs.html . I also like Fred Sokolow's Jobim arrangements: http://www.sheetmusi...-Guitar/2968696 .

It's a better process to first discover the music you like on places like youtube, and then search out the sheet music.

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Hi Tyss,

The book you listed is good, but I can't say it's great.

One recommendation I'd make is for you to also buy the sheet music that's associated with a CD or a record. The reason for that is that the sheet music won't tell you a lot of details that you can only realize when you listen to a real musician. Bear in mind that this is popular music, the notion of rhythm and accompaniment can be very loose or will have to swing a certain way to sound nice.

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Tyss, how would you rate yourself as a player? Beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional? That information can help narrow down the suggestions we can make! :thumbsup:

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as an intermediate to advanced player, you may want to consider arranging tunes yourself from songbooks, fakebooks, and leadsheets. that's opens up the whole world of bossa and samba tunes. this one, besides walking you through the process, has an excellent arrangement of gentle rain and shadow of your smile:

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his most recent book, a phd level analysis of arranging for solo guitar, culmination of a lifetime's work:

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