WAVE: A blues disguised as a bossa

by | Bossa Nova, Comping, Jazz Standards

Last week I posted a video teaching “5 Bossa Nova Comping Patterns” I picked up in Rio de Janeiro. As a follow up I just posted what I believe is the ideal vehicle to practice those comping patterns over. I’m of course referring to Antonio Carlos Jobim’s, classic bossa, “Wave”. And like most of Jobim’s compositions this isn’t just an ordinary bossa. There is a lot more that is revealed when we peak under the hood on this one. It’s actually a 12 bar blues with a bridge!

In this lesson I teach you the “disguised” harmonic structure to this tune; and believe me, once you understand how it relates to several chord progressions you have heard dozens of times, you’ll never think of it as just another bossa.



The Wave: A Blues Disguised As A Bossa 3-page PDF can be downloaded for $5.00 (buy me a cup of coffee?). Your contribution is much appreciated, as it helps support the site and allows me to keep investing the long hours required to produce these lessons. The download includes: a PDF with the complete analysis and comparison charts featured on the video, as well as a strategic breakdown of the entire progression to better learn and understand it’s foundation.

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  1. Daniel Beerens

    Dear Richie,

    I am connected as a Elite but when I want downloaded the PDF of such video I have a problem error : Oops! Wrong Membership Level. I don’t understand.

    Anyway, all your video are great.


    • Richie Zellon

      Hi Daniel,
      Please send me an email with your username so I can find you in the system and see what is going on.

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