SALE: Forever Site Access Memberhip for $149 Get It Today! Normally $179 • An Annual Membershop is $81 a year.

Girl From Ipanema

The Girl from Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema) is an essential jazz standard that every jazz musician should know.

PUBLISHED: Oct 1, 2011 • UPDATED: Feb 9, 2016 • VIEWS: 141 • LESSON CODE: UL434

Instruments: ukulele leadsheet playalong ANY Subjects: latinbossarepertoire

View the Download section below to download the song files for the complete and most up-to-date versions.

The Girl from Ipanema is an essential jazz standard that every jazz musician should know. The A sections chord progression, basically a I II7 II V is functionally the same as Take the A Train, Jersey Bounce, Desafinado and a few others.


The Girl from Ipanema is a well-known bossa nova, a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s that won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965. It was written in 1962, with music by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes with English lyrics written later by Norman Gimbel. When sung by female artists it is typically rendered as "The Boy from Ipanema".

The Girl from Ipanema ("Garota de Ipanema") is a well-known bossa nova, a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s that won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965. It was written in 1962, with music by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes with English lyrics written later by Norman Gimbel. When sung by female artists it is typically rendered as "The Boy from Ipanema".

Learning the Song

The Girl from Ipanema is a some what easy song to learn. It's an AABA song form. The A sections are a I II7 II bII7b5 I progression with the bII7b5 being a tritone sub for a V. A1 turns back to the I using the bII7b5 tritone.

In the original key of F major this is: Fmaj7 G7 Gm7 Gb7b5 1st ending) Fmaj7 Gb7b5 2nd ending) Fmaj7.

The B section modulates up a half step to Gbmaj7 B7 F#m9 D7 Gm9 Eb7.

The B section finishes with a III VI7 II V7 to the last A section Am7 D7 Gm7 C7.

Ukulele Instrument TABS

Here is one way to play the melody for The Girl From Ipanema in a "C" tuned ukulele, with low "G", C tuning.

To play in the original key of F you need a low "G" to cover the B below middle C in the melody.

The Girl From Ipanema - Premium Playalong Track

The 1964 Grammy Award for Record of the Year by Antonia Carlos Jobim

This play-along is ONLY available to active user with Gold Level, Premium Site Access. “Can't give it all away.”

Here is a FREE track as a sample of the quality of these custom play-along tracks.

Desafinado - Premium Playalong Track with Guitar Melody Played

I, (Curt) originally created these track to perform over for gigs and this was a demo for booking gigs.

The Premium Playalong Tracks available to LearningUkulele.com Site Members are my personal one-of-kind tracks I (Curt) and Chuck Anderson recorded and arranged.

Download the Lead Sheet and have a go at it.

2008 jam at Dale Unger's Nazareth Guitar Instutite, Nazareth, PA USA

We'll use one of the most famouse Bossa Nova songs to explore the Bossa Noa style.

The Girl From Ipanema

by Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim , also known as Tom Jobim

Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz - The Girl From Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema) (1964) LIVE

This is the original hit from 1964 that created the Bossa Nova craze worldwide. Garota de Ipanema won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and started Astrud Gilberto's career.

Bossa Nova is one of my favorite styles to play.

The Girl From Ipanema - Frank Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim | Concert Collection

Bossa Nova on Ukulele

The role of ukulele performing in the Bossa Nova style is the same as the guitar's role. The guitarist would typically play a nylon string guitar.

Bossa is a syncopated style with a bass note / chord approach.

The bass is typically the root or fifth of the chords and the thumb plays that as the lowest note of the chord voicing. The index, middle, and ring fingers play the remaining part of the chord.

The rhythmic part of the style is a mixture of Levels I, II and IIR of the Modular Phoneic Rhythm System by Chuck Anderson. This is the sytstem I use with GREAT results.

Key of Db

As a jazz standard The Girl From Ipanema is typically performed in the key of F as in the Sinatra and Jobim video. The original Getz/Gilberto recording is in the key of Ab, a better female key for Astrud Gilberto @Svg('link'). I think it sounds amazing in Ab.

Here I transposed to an equally haunting key of Db for the ukulele to take advantage of all four strings and get the same feeling of the original performance in the key of Ab.

Leadsheet Key of Db.

Each major an minor keys conveys ist's own characteristics and emotions. If doing a song instrumentally, i.e. no vocals, you can pick any key that gives you the characteristics and emotions you are trying to convey. I picked Db

German music theorist and composer John Mattheson laid these characteristics and emotions out in his writings in 1713. They were rediscovered and translated by Rita Steblin in her book A History of Key Characteristics in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries in 1983.

Background Chords on Ukulele

These are the chords I'm playing in the video.

The A Section chords are: Db6/9, Eb13, Ebm7, Ebb7(D7), Ebb7b5(D7b5). In the A section the Harmonic Analysis (HA) is: I II7 Im7 bII7 I bII7, Hence the technically correct Ebb7 for the II chord. The Ebb7 (Ebb G Bbb Dbb) is same shape as D7 (D F# A C) and are Enharmonic Equivalents which you might already know.

The A Section Chords for Ukulele

Triple Flat

Triple Flats? – That can't be right. Well, yes Virginia theoretically it is. In the key of Db the second, the II chord is Eb. So the bII would be flatted for E double flat Ebb with te Bbb the fifth of teh chord. And flatting the fifth results in a tripple (bbb) flat. You have to keep the scale degree name / chord degree name in a full diatonic key. Now, granted not a lot of musians, very few in fact would know this and might call it D7. You would get the right pitches – but the names of the pitches would be wrong for the the key of Db Major .

The triple flats show up in the chord tones for the Ebb7b5. E7 is E G# B D, Eb7 is Eb G Bb Db, Ebb7 is Ebb Gb Bbb Dbb, and Ebb7b5 is Ebb Gb Bbbb Dbb. These are the correct chord spellings for these chords.

This music theory stuff is wild. - Curt

The B Section Chords for Ukulele

The B section of the songs is rich in harmonic movement. It is actually not that hard to navigate.

The B Section chords are: D6/9, G9, Dm9, Bb9, Ebm9, Cb9, Fm7, Bb7#11b9, Ebm7, Ab7#11b9,. In the A section the Harmonic Analysis (HA) is: I II7 Im7 bII7 I bII7, Hence the technically correct Ebbr7 for the II chord. The same shape as D7 which you might already know.

No Vanilla Seventh Chords

Notice that I didn't play many plain vanilla chords. There is an un-written rule in "jazz" that you don't play a simple straight-ahead seventh chord, plain vanilla secenth chords. Add upper partials / chord extensions and/or alter the chord. The extensions and alteration depend on what the resolution of the seventh chord is.

Main Song Download(s)

The main downloads for this Song.

Girl From Ipanema - Lead Sheet, Key of F
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Lead sheet for the premium play-along track.


Members Only
Log-in to access.

Girl From Ipanema - Premium Play-along Track, Key of F
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Accompanying track for the lead sheet.


Members Only
Log-in to access.

Song Road Map

Tips and tricks for remembering a song.

Remembering songs is all about the form and harmonic content and movement with taking in the similarities between songs. And, just like a road map they're landmarks that will trigger memories of how to get through various sections, changes or parts of a song.

This section of a song's page presents some tips on how I try and remember a particular song.


No Road Map for Girl From Ipanema check back soon.

Related Lessons

Related Lessons for Girl From Ipanema at this time.

Core Chords - The Big Six - Building a Solid Chord Foundation • Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your core, essential 4-part chords. These chords commonly called jazz chords, are really just 4-part chords used in a wide range of musical styles.

The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

Additional Song Files, Resources and Assets

These are the related song files, resources and assets for Girl From Ipanema at this time.

Movable 7th Chords for Ukulele Chord Chart - C Tuning
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

A handy dandy single sheet chart showing the each voicing of the four, seventh chords Big Six seventh chord voicings.


Members Only
Log-in to access.

Girl From Ipanema - Lead Sheet, Key of F
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Lead sheet for the premium play-along track.


Members Only
Log-in to access.

Girl From Ipanema - Premium Play-along Track, Key of F
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Accompanying track for the lead sheet.


Members Only
Log-in to access.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example L
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Solo ukulele recording of the example L blues progression.


Members Only
Log-in to access.

Related Books

Related Books for Girl From Ipanema at this time.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele
Updated: Nov 24, 2009

Using a variety of common chord progressions based on songs from the standard jazz repertoire.

Related Lesson Series

Related Lessons Series for Girl From Ipanema at this time.

Core Ukulele Chords - The Big Six
Updated: Jan 1, 2003

Core Chords for Ukulele, The Big Six - From four F7 chord voicings or shapes, your can build your massive 4-part, a.k.a., “jazz” chord vocabulary. Beyond basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and a core set of 4-part chords. There are just too many chords shapes too memorize. Learning the principles of how chords are constructed and the ukulele fingerboard are the way to go. Then you can create more advanced chords like 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 on the fly as needed.

Site Access Plans for LearningUkulele.com

Forever Access - With Forever Premium Access you get Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email access to Curt, resources and related assets. As well as ALL books by Curt as FREE downloads. Pretty much everything on the site and NEVER worry about a subscription or surprise payment again. And jump the queue for my responding to any questions.

Premium Access - This premium gives you Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email access to Curt, resources and related assets. As well as ALL books by Curt Sheller as FREE downloads.

Basic Access - A limited selection of basic lessons — ( currently over 140 ) and 100+ songs for ukulele as well as basic general music reference material — Completely FREE — Simply Register/Signup. HOWEVER - I've been doing ukulele and LearningUkulele.com since 2003 and probably have given too much away already - as reflected in my income from the site in relationship to the time spent on the site. So help support this site and its continued development by signing up for one of the below Premium Access Plans or buy a few of my books. - Thanks, Curt

NOTE: Each higher access level includes ALL the benefits of the lower levels. Private Lessons include all the benefits of a Premium Access Plans as long as you remain a student on the schedule.

Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the bestGlen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys

Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too.Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg

I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent.fatveg — Portland

Thanks for visiting and checking out the site!

curtieAnim.gif

Original Curtie Animation from 1987 for my first web site on a Macintosh II.
33 years ago.

“Built for myself (Curt), and sharing with the `Ukulele community!”

LearningUkulele.com has one of the largest collections of lessons, songs, and TABS, luthiers, ukulele builders, ukulele festival and club information, and, ukulele links on the web. I’ve been on the ®Internet since the early 1990's and This site just never stops growing!!!

Content is added and updated almost daily - so check back often.