A Complete Course of Brazilian Guitar

  • Extremely detailed video tutorials

  • Complete songs with sheet music

  • Guitar studies to improve your playing

  • Lessons planned for all levels

  • Theoretical lessons with practical approach

  • Portuguese pronunciation with audio guides

  • Video player with loop function

  • Private lessons through Skype

  • More than 100 lessons waiting for you


Levels and Prerequisites

bossa nova beginner


These lessons deal mainly with rhythms and chord progressions. You will learn how to play and sing the songs, and you will also learn how to play the melody of some songs. The lessons are written in standard notation and come with guitar tabs and chord charts when needed.

To get started in this level, you should have some practice on dissonant chords, bar chords, chord changes, and basic fingerstyle technique. Ability to read basic rhythms is desirable. Experience equivalente to 1 to 2 years of guitar study.

Watch the video below with a song that I teach in this level.

bossa nova intermediate


In addition to all things taught at the Basic level, you will learn how to play small solo parts like introductions and interludes. Most of the time these small solos are real parts of the song written for solo guitar, other times I have created small introductions to fill the arrangement and make it more interesting.

To start in this level, you should have some practice in solo guitar arrangements, about 2 to 3 years of practice in classical guitar or finger style. The lessons are written in standard notation with guitar tabs, and chord charts when needed.

Watch the video below with a song that I teach in this level.

bossa nova advanced


Through these lessons you will learn how to play solo guitar arrangements written according to the most traditional Brazilian guitar style. This way of playing has been responsible for making the Brazilian guitar style well known and much appreciated around the world and is considered one of the finest expressions of Brazilian guitar.

To start in this level, you should have a good practice in solo guitar arrangements, over 3 years of practice in classical guitar or fingerstyle. The lessons are written in standard notation with guitar tabs.

Watch the video below with a song that I teach in this level.


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My Students Are Saying…

“In just 6 months of private lessons with Renato, I’ve greatly improved my technique, understanding of Brazilian music, and musicality. He is an extremely knowledgable, thoughtful and patient teacher and has crafted specific study pieces to incrementally help me grow as a guitarist. All of this is supplemented by his vast library of online videos and materials, which means that I can constantly be learning, to become a master of the Brazilian guitar.” Kevin Q.

“I am a guitar player from Australia and I love Bossa Nova! Unfortunately there are not a lot of Bossa Nova guitar teachers where I live so I had to find a new way to learn. Renato’s online lessons offered the perfect solution by allowing me to learn from a true Brazilian Bossa Nova player in the comfort of my own home. Lessons are well structured and attention is paid to improving aspects of your playing where necessary so that progress can be achieved lesson by lesson. Online lessons have now become my preferred method of tuition and I would recommend Renato’s lessons to anyone looking to learn more about or improve the playing of Bossa Nova guitar.” Michael C.

“I had been studying guitar for 15+ years, both playing and recording professionally. While searching to add a little bit of Brazilian technique to my repertoire I found Renato Candro. His methods and lessons were wonderfully paced and efficient in their teachings. Within a handful of weeks I was able to learn some basic fingerings and beautiful songs, both of which have enriched my own natural style of playing in ways that I’m excited to keep exploring. The beautiful sounds and tones of Brazilian music that I’ve always admired no longer feel so mysterious.” Mathias B. 

“If you want to be inspired and learn to play beautiful Brazilian music, you will find no better teacher than Renato Candro. He has a rare combination of excellent musicianship, a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of music and the ability to put all this in the service of helping students reach their musical goals. When I started lessons, I was unable to sing and play at the same time. Renato gave me the tools and an understanding of the music that helped me to overcome these challenges. Now I feel equipped to learn more songs and enjoy doing so. I will definitely be taking more lessons in future and I encourage you to do the same.” Tamara L.

“I have had a serious interest in Brazilian music and guitar for a long time and when I found “Learning Brazilian Guitar” and Renato’s lessons I was very excited. So much great music is here and how to play the songs is explained in great details. But now that I am a regular student of Renato, I am learning so much more! Not only am I improving my technique but I am also learning about the history and spirit of this beautiful music. Renato, thank you for your patience and dedication to helping me reach my goals as a musician. Every lesson brings me a little closer. And I’m enjoying every step of the journey!” Kevin L.