Manha de Carnaval Chords

Easy tutorial for beginners with some explanations, the tab, the lyrics and the chords to play the song of Bossa Nova Manha de Carnaval by Luiz Bonfá on guitar.

Manha de Carnaval with chords

We will see only Part 1 or Version 1 (the other part is played the same).

Each verse is played differently.

We will look the introduction and the three verses.

Introduction of this Bossa Nova

Our introduction of the Bossa Nova Manha de Carnaval are the following chords, of which three are repeated at the end of the intro (Em, F#° and B7) and which you can play until you start singing :

chords manha de carnaval

First verse of the song

The first verse has several chords but don’t worry, there are not so many. I only put the new chords that you will have to know for this first verse :

guitar manha de carnaval

When you master those, you can follow the next tab to play the first verse :

Remember that the chords are written above the lyrics so that you can play them at the right time. Therefore, it’s better to play while singing. Chords that are to the right of a phrase (not above a word) are played between the two phrases.

lyrics manha de carnaval
Tab text
Em Am B7 Em F#° B7
Manhã, tão bonita manhã
Em Am D7 Gmaj7 D/F# E7(#5)
De um dia feliz… que chegou
Am D7
O sol no céu surgiu
Gmaj7 Cmaj9
Em cada cor brilhou
Em F#° B7
Voltou o sonho então…
Em F#° B7
ao coração

Second verse of Manha de Carnaval

The second verse starts the same way but the chords change. I only give you the new chords that you will have to know to play this second verse (the ones you already know have to be ready) :

chords bossa nova

When you master this chords, you can continue and play this tab :

tab guitar
Tab text
Em Am B7 Em Am B7(#5) B7
Depois deste dia feliz
Dø E7 Am Am(maj7) Am7 Am(maj7)
No sei… se outro dia havera
Am B7 Em C
E nossa manhã… tão bela afinal
B7 D#dim Gbdim7 Adim7 Em
Manhã… de carnaval

Last verse of the music

Now, you have three options :

1 : You can restart the song Manha de Carnaval from the beginning singing the same two verses.

2 : You can restart the same melody singing the second part (or second version) with different lyrics.

3 : You can finish the song and in this case, you have to play this last verse.

The final verse is simple. You already know the chords. You only have to follow the next tab :

Tab bossa nova
Tab text
Am Em
Canta o meu coração
Am Em
Alegria voltou
Am B7 Em
Tão feliz a manhã deste amor.

Manha de Carnaval video with tab

If you like the Bossa Nova guitar tab, you can try to play another famous song Mas que nada.

Manha de Carnaval lyrics

The song Manha de Carnaval is composed of two parts (each including two verses and a “remate”).

Generally, these two parts are not mixed. Some singers have preferred to sing the first, others the second. Thus these two parts gave birth to two different versions.

The structure of the lyrics is simple:

Verse 1 – Verse 2 – Verse 3

Part 1 (version 1 )

Manhã, tão bonita manhã
De um dia feliz… que chegou
O sol no céu surgiu
Em cada cor brilhou
Voltou o sonho então…
ao coração

Depois deste dia feliz
No sei… se outro dia havera
E nossa manhã… tão bela afinal
Manhã… de carnaval

Canta o meu coração
Alegria voltou
Tão feliz a manhã deste amor.

Part 2 (version 2)

Manhã tão bonita manhã
Na vida uma nova canção
Cantando so teus olhos
Teu riso, tuas mãos
Pois ha de haver um dia…
em que viras

Das cordas de meu violão
Que so… teu amor procurou
Vem… uma voz,
falar dos beijos perdidos
Nos labios teus

Canta o meu coração
Alegria voltou
Tão feliz a manhã deste amor.

You can try to improvise on this song with a flamenco guitar scale.

Manha de Carnaval history

The song Manha de Carnaval is the main theme of the French-Italian-Brazilian musical film Orfeu Negro by Marcel Camus (1959). The film won the Palme d’or at the Festival de Cannes the year of its release.

manha de carnaval

This music was quickly recognized internationally and contributed to the emergence of a new revolutionary Brazilian musical movement mixing Jazz and Samba : the Bossa Nova.

Manha de Carnaval was also played in Bossa Nova by Baden Powell, in Jazz by Stan Getz, in Gipsy Jazz by Stochelo Rosenberg and in Flamenco style by Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin.

Bossa Nova score for guitar

The following score is a “home-made” score that we created according to the above frameworks and explanations.

This summarizes everything we just covered. You can download it for free to play the song of Bossa Nova Manha de Carnaval by Luiz Bonfá on guitar.