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Blue Bossa Chords Analysis (Understanding the Changes)

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Blue Bossa is a really popular jazz standard that a lot of musicians like to jam on and I know this because one of my top viewed videos on this channel is my backing track for Blue Bossa with 1.5 million views.

But I believe understanding the chord progressions is the secret to unlocking your jazz improv and playing better over top of it.

So, in today’s video, I’m going to be doing a full-on color-coded chords analysis of Blue Bossa.

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. I have never seen the Bb 7 in any Blue Bossa chord study;
    rather, the F minor 7 is played for two bars.
    In this case, there is no need for the alternative ii V of relative major analysis, correct?


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