Introducing Songen genres: Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova is a style of Brazilian music that blends samba and jazz. It originated in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s and is characterized by a laid-back melody and light, syncopated rhythm. Bossa Nova is generally played with acoustic guitar, upright bass, and drums, but often incorporates other instruments like piano, saxophone, and flute.

The chord progression of Bossa Novamusic typically follows a three-chord pattern, often referred to as a “1-6-4-5” progression. In this pattern, the first chord is usually the tonic (“1”), followed by the sub-dominant (“6”), the dominant (“4”) and then the sub-dominant again (“5”). The progression typically cycles through several times, usually with a few variations in the order of the chords, before returning to the tonic chord. Additionally, the progression often incorporates minor chords and altered chords, such as minor seventh and minor ninth chords.

March 4, 2023