I have been amusing myself by writing bossa nova style arrangements of pop songs for several years now, so I’ve decided to write a load of them out as free tablature in the hope that you will enjoy learning them. The plan was to release them as a paperback containing tabs, a picking guide, alternate chords and general stylistic pointers but sadly due to copyright legislation I’m not allowed to, so I’ll be posting them periodically on my blog as tablature and sheet music, which you can download for free! Please comment with any classic tracks you’d like me to bossa-ify, any mistakes you spot or anything else you’d like to share!
This one is Killing Me Softly With His Song, composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel. This classic track was popularised by such diverse artists as Lori Lieberman, Roberta Flack and The Fugees.
The attached download (opens in a new tab) contains the tablature as a .pdf and a MIDI file of the arrangement which you can play using Windows Media player. There are also many free MIDI playback tools available online which will let you play the file back at different speeds, on different virtual instruments etc (this one for example or this one for android).
Here is a Youtube clip of me playing this arrangement:
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Tab (pdf version in file download):