Learn Bossa Nova, with Piano Transcription

Learn Basic Bossa Nova Comping Styles, with Piano Transcription of 7notemode on The Dolphin

7notemode did a wonderful youtube clip on this bossa nova tune, The Dolphin.

Here is the piano transcription of the head:
piano transcription of the dolphin by 7notemode (PDF)

The basic bossa nova pattern looks something like this


  • Of course if you are playing solo piano, you would need to cover the bass part too.
  • Notice the emphasis of the piano comping is on the 2nd downbeat, and 3rd upbeat of each bar.

7notemode started the song with this nice piano riff

Observe how it is based on the basic bossa nova pattern

Throughout the song, there were occasional comping on those two beats to keep the bossa groove going.

Bar 11


Bar 15

Enjoy and Have fun.. 😀

Note: Pianologist has received many transcription requests from readers, and is very grateful. But because of tight work schedule, may only produce a some of them. Thank you all readers for visiting our site.

Check out this post for more nice transcriptions:

Free Transcription/Sheet Music by Pianologist


  • 7notemode

    Reply Reply July 10, 2008

    Thanks, Pianologist for the positive attention. I enjoy reading your website, and I visit regularly. There is always something surprising and of interest. You guys are terrific musicians!


  • Amanda

    Reply Reply July 17, 2008

    Thank you! this will come in very useful! (I loved listening to video)

  • florbo73

    Reply Reply August 3, 2008

    Hey, great job guys! Your transcriptions are very educational!

    I’m a big fan of 7notemode, he plays with a terrific style!

    Thanks for your work!


  • Dr Hopfenmüller

    Reply Reply March 30, 2009


    thank you for playing bossa the Dolphin. Is this song called ‘dolphin’ or how is the original name of it?
    Please where I can get the whole transcription of this sing – I found only the head (3 pages)

    Thank you and with best regards

    Dr Werner Hopfenmüller

  • gwen kennedy

    Reply Reply June 6, 2009

    I grow up listening to jazz music especialy bossa nova and samba,
    when i watch the video called dolphin i was over the moon
    enjoying all the details of the the music, wish i could play
    like that, wish you have a cd out.

    gwen kennedy

  • Matthew

    Reply Reply June 7, 2009

    Dear Sir this song is absolutely astounding. Ive downloaded the transcript you posted and im done with it…… Problem is…………………………………….. Now im DYING for the rest of it.. Can you please post the whole transcript? Its a really freaking awesome transcript, youve done an incredulous job. Music is to be shared! I do hope you read this post and maybe share it all with us. Im sure there are others that want this as bad! GREAT JOB!


    Reply Reply June 25, 2009

    please pianlogist, JAZZ PIANO SOLO AND VOICINGS transcriptions with LH and RH. GREAT JOB, MAN.

  • Adonias

    Reply Reply July 3, 2009

    I appreciate your site. I learn a lot from u. I wanna want more information from u in
    the future.

    From Ethiopid.

  • pamonwat

    Reply Reply July 10, 2009

    very good. thanks.

  • Peter

    Reply Reply October 22, 2009

    Hey thanks so much
    Im a student dabbling in writing music for a jazz combo that im in and this helped a lot


    Reply Reply January 17, 2010

    Please where I can get the whole transcription of this sing – I found only the head (3 pages)

    Thank you and with best regards

    Mchel Temprement from France

  • Temprement

    Reply Reply January 20, 2010

    Please where I can get the whole transcription of this sing – I found only the head (3 pages)
    Thank you and with best regards
    Michel From France

  • rewsnat

    Reply Reply January 21, 2010

    Hello everybody, pianologist here.

    Like i mentioned in this post, the transcription here is only the head of the tune.
    But there seems to be plenty of request for the piano solo part of this video. So i will try my best to transcribe it asap and post it for you guys in the near future.

    thanx a lot for all your support…. 🙂

  • B.M.KirthiKumar

    Reply Reply July 2, 2013

    Its pretty nice song. Very well played. Thank you for such a good song

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