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Girl from Ipanema – Grammy Record of the Year 1965

Numerous recordings have been used in films, sometimes as an elevator music cliché. It is believed to be the second most recorded pop song in history, after “Yesterday” by The Beatles.

I deliberately wrote this song with Bass notes only – because the right hand handles all the chords – especially the extended chords that are harder to accomplish in the left hand.

Girl from Ipanema

  • Level 4.5 – Difficult chords – basses are sincerely easy – see practice notes below.

Take quick look at Bass Chromatic Scale and Exercises for reminders where your counterbasses are.

NOTE: the Flat of any Bass is the Counterbass above that bass. i.e. Db is the counterbass of A (C#), and Cb is the Counter of G (B).

About the Song:

Garota de Ipanema” (“The Girl from Ipanema“) is a Brazilian bossa nova jazz song. It was a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s and won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965. It was written in 1962, with music by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes. English lyrics were written later by Norman Gimbel

In the US, it peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and went to number one for two weeks on the Easy Listening chart. Overseas it peaked at number 29 in the United Kingdom, and charted highly throughout the world.

The song was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2009, the song was voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone as the 27th greatest Brazilian song.

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