Bossa Nova Piano For Beginners
Bossa Nova is a style of improvised music that originated in Brazil in the late 1950s.
In terms of harmonic structure, Bossa Nova has a lot common with jazz music as both share a sophisticated use of seventh and extended chords.
Whilst Bossa Nova is most commonly associated with the guitar, it’s also widely played on the piano both in a band and in a solo context.
3 Elements: Bass, Chords, & Melody
It’s important to understand that playing solo Bossa Nova on the piano is much more difficult than in the context of a band.
It is a challenge for the solo pianist to maintain the 3 core elements of Bossa Nova which is a steady bass line, syncopated chords and finally the melody on top. In a band these 3 roles are spilt out between the bass player, the piano and the vocalist or horn player.
I’m going to break down these core elements individually and then we will put them all together.