Girl From Ipanema Tutorial
In this lesson we will explore the tune “The Girl From Ipanema” which is one of Jobim’s most iconic songs. “Ipanema” is a beautiful neighbourhood in Rio with the beaches and the lagoon and it’s the neighbourhood where Jobim grew up.
Girl From Ipanema Popularity
“The Girl from Ipanema” is a frequently requested tune and the second most recorded song in the world. The lyrics describe Jobim and his friend sitting in a bar and admiring a beautiful girl walking by on her way to the sea.
In this lesson we explore the effect of the tritone substitution. Alternating between Fmaj7 and Gb7 creates a more delicate motion rather than using the regular C7 as a dominant.
This more delicate motion supports the flowing quality of the music which is idiomatic for the Bossa Nova. We also discuss how to play the melody and how to improvise over the tune.