I have been amusing myself by writing bossa nova style arrangements of pop songs and Latin classics 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 is to create one a fortnight. I’ll be posting them 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 week I’ve been working on another snazzy little number, a bossa nova arrangement of Mas Que Nada! This one is quite a bit more difficult than the free Killing Me Softly tablature I posted last week. It contains a few barre chords and some unusual shapes (like a nice, juicy F#m11b5!) but I’ve kept it as simple as I could for such a jazzy piece of music and most of the voicings used are relatively easy to fret.
The original song is in the key of F minor, not E minor, so you will need to put a capo on the first fret and play the whole tab one fret higher if you would like it to be at its original pitch.
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).
I’ll be posting a YouTube clip of myself playing my arrangement very soon, along with some tips on how to play more difficult sections, so subscribe to my channel now to be updated when I release new, free guitar tutorials!
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Tab (.pdf version in file download)