Brazilian Guitar with Peter Einhorn

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Peter Einhorn

Learn to play Brazilian style guitar like the Bossa and Samba

12 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


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In this lesson series, Peter will discuss and demonstrates the basic techniques and concepts behind Brazilian guitar styles like the Bossa and Samba.


Introduction to Brazilian Guitar

In the first lesson of his new Brazilian genre series, Peter Einhorn will be discussing what you'll cover in this series as well as some basics on the style.

4:22 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Basic Rhythmic Technique

Much of the sound and style of Bossa and Samba comes from the picking hand technique utilized. In this lesson, Peter discusses and demonstrates the basic pinch pattern and rhythmic variations you'll be using.

6:06 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Major Chords

Now that you've learned some basic rhythms and pinch patterns, Peter discusses the basic major chords that are used in the Brazilian style.

5:38 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Basic Brazilian Clave

Now that you've learned the basic rhythmic pinch and basic chordal movements, it's time to start putting those concepts together. In this lesson, you'll learn the basic Clave rhythms used in the Brazilian style. Once you've got those rhythms down, you'll add chord movement to it.

7:34 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Minor and Dominant Chords

Getting back to some more chord work in the series, Peter discusses and demonstrates the minor and dominant chord voicings common to the Bossa and Samba styles.

13:29 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Two Bar Clave

In this lesson, Peter discusses the two bar clave that is common to the Brazilian style. You'll put together several patterns before combining it with chord movement.

6:54 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

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More Minor Voicings

You've already learned ii - V progressions in major keys. In this lesson, Peter discusses common voicings built from the second and fifth scale degrees of the harmonic minor scale.

7:38 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


ii7 - V7 - Imaj7 Progression

Early in the series, Peter discussed how the ii7 - V7 - Imaj7 progression is widely used in all forms of jazz music. In this lesson, Peter goes into more depth on this progression. He also discusses how the VI7 chord is used to return to the ii7 chord.

7:43 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Adding Bass Notes

Now that you're becoming more comfortable with the clave patterns and common chordal movement, it's time to start adding bass notes into the mix. In this lesson, Peter discusses how bass notes are utilized in the Brazilian style. He also discuss chromatic passing tones and how to apply them.

13:38 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Bossa and Samba Progressions

In this lesson, Peter discusses and demonstrates a progression you might find in a Brazilian Bossa or Samba tune. Additionally, he discusses the use of suspended chords in these progressions.

7:59 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Brazilian Standards

In this lesson, Peter Einhorn takes a look at a traditional Brazilian standard. He also covers the lower approach tones common to the style as well as "tonic" diminished chords, aka "common tone embellishing" diminished chords.

13:37 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty



To wrap up his Brazilian lesson series, Peter Einhorn provides a performance of a Samba piece. He also discusses common chordal anticipations that occur in Samba tunes.

9:40 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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  • Huntington, New York
  • Playing since 1962
  • 33 lessons at JamPlay
Peter has performed and / or recorded with Joe Lavono, Jimmy Cobb, Steve Swallow, Placido Domingo, John Abercrombie, Steve Kuhn, Eddie Daniels, Roland Hanna, Walter Booker and many others.

Peter has honed his teaching skills from 20 years of service at the National Guitar Workshop, 10 years teaching guitar students and ensembles at Bard College in N.Y., and, to this day, maintains some private students. As a professional jazz & latin musician in New York City and Miami he has played in many top venues. His work at the Metropolitan opera in New York City over a period of three years should be noted. He has written for network television (NBC, ABC)) and for video (History Channel) and has over 25 scores to his credit. Peter has performed and / or recorded with Joe Lavano, Jim Hall, Steve Swallow, Placido Domingo, John Abercrombie, Steve Kuhn, Eddie Daniels, Roland Hanna and many others. Peter is licensed in Instrumental Music, K-12 in New York State. His guitar improvisational instruction books; "Introducing the Dorian Mode" and "Introducing the Mixolydian Mode", are currently available from Alfred Publishing. He lives in Woodstock, NY with his wife and two children.
Reviews & Feedback 100/100 with 91 ratings

easy to understand, and super rhythm guitar ! thanks for expanding my musicanship !


Good clear breakdown of elements.


Love this music!


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Love the clarity!


Well done Peter! Thank you!


What a great instructor!


Wow. I now have a name for the genre that has made me pick up the guitar in the first place only recently. :)