Dindi is a bossa nova song by Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.In contrast to many of his pieces, the song has a very short and clear form and is therefore very suitable for a simple guitar arrangement.  

Dindi was probably composed by Jobim in C major, while the B section is characterized by somewhat more unusual minor chord shifts. For this arrangement, the piece is transposed to the key of D major.

The so-called verse, in jazz and bossa nova pieces this often means a freely designed part before the main theme of the piece, is omitted in this arrangement and we begin with the melody “Oh, Dindi…”: 


The chords of the first part are mostly well-known harmonies from the key of D major. Nevertheless, even in this short section, Jobim manages to take small steps out of the key. 

The chord C-Major7 in the second measure is a so-called borrowed chord. It is from a different key with the root D: D minor DorianThe Gm(maj7) in bar 6 is the minor subdominant (“borrowed” from the key of D minor). The subdominant functions (G major and G minor) are prepared by the II-V cadence Am7 – D7. 

Die Akkorde aus D-Dur (oben) und D-Moll sind austauschbar

Der zweite Teil des von Dindi wird durch eine II-V-Kadenz nach F#-Moll (G#m7b5 – C#7) vorbereitet. Es folgen zwei Abschnitte zu vier Takten mit identischem Harmonie- und Melodieverlauf:

The pain itself is love, the main storage system. As the earth grows, nor bears a lot of pain, the lion’s impact on the couch.In the first four bars, the F# minor chord alternates with the D minor chord. The theoretical background is again modal interchange, i.e. the “changing in” of a chord from another modality. 

The second four bars reflect what is happening, this time shifted down a whole tone. At the end, a II-V cadence (Em7 – A7) leads back to D major.  

Listen to how I play this arrangement on the guitar:

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