Brazilian Choro

by Andre Nieri

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  • Hello people!

    In this lesson I'll teach you a song that I composed when I was 20. The style is brazilian chôro (Little Cry) and it's a challenge to play it sucessfully, since you have to play not only the melody parts, but the harmony and bass too!

    About the style :
    Traditionally called chorinho ("little cry" or "little lament"), is a Brazilian popular music instrumental style. Its origins are in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. In spite of the name, the style often has a fast and happy rhythm, characterized by virtuosity, improvisation, subtile modulations and full of syncopation and counterpoint. Choro is considered the first urban popular music typical of Brazil.

    A list of the greatest choro artists of all times :

    - Ernesto Nazareth
    - Dilermando Reis
    - Jacob do Bandolim
    - Garoto
    - Pixinguinha
    - Raphael Rabello
    - Waldir Azevedo

    Tuning : Standard

    Key : Cm (with modulations to G and Am).

    Gear : Takamine E30X, RODE NT2a, Apogee Duet2, Logic Pro 9.

    Here I am playing with an acoustic nylon guitar, but for sure you can with steel strings too.

    Have fun!
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