When I played my first gig in Brazil back in 2010, I thought I knew how to play a cool-sounding bossa groove.

I had used my ears and just kind of “picked up” bossa grooves over the years but had never really studied an authentic Brazilian rhythm pattern.

All that would change after that first gig.

Though my soloing went well, and the chords I used sounded good, I knew right away that my rhythms weren’t right, something was off when I comped.

After talking to my Brazilian friends and studying with world-class Brazilian guitarists in Brazil and the US, I quickly learned what I was missing in my comping.

I broke down every rhythm I learned, worked out small, easy to play exercises, then built it all back up to play the full grooves my friends were showing me.

In doing so, I now only learned how to play authentic bossa and samba patterns, I learned how to quickly teach those patterns to any guitarist of any skill level.

This is the technique I use with the bossa rhythm I teach you in this lesson.

Here, you learn how to play an authentic bossa nova rhythm by working small steps that add up to the full rhythm along the way.

Because bossa nova is new and difficult for many players, working on small chunks that lead to the full rhythm is the best way to go.

Click here to have fun learning to play authentic bossa nova rhythm on guitar.