Bossa Nova 251 Progressions
In this lesson we are going to learn how to play major and minor 251s in Bossa Nova style. If you haven’t watched the Introduction to Bossa Nova lesson I would recommend that you go and check that out now.
In that lesson, we cover the basics of Bossa Nova and deconstruct the bass lines, harmony and rhythm that’s used to create a Bossa Nova. We applied this over 1 chord type and then over 2 chord types. In this lesson we will take the application a step further and look at Bossa Nova in context of both major and minor 251 progressions.
We know that the 251 is the most important progression in jazz music and that most jazz standards you will come across will contain a 251 in some form. 251s are the DNA of jazz and so learning and memorizing them in all 12 keys is a very good idea.
In the same way, 251s feature heavily in Bossa Nova music and so it’s a good idea to learn to play both major and minor 251 progressions with a Bossa Nova groove.