The right hand fingers are traditionally named according to the international system, which uses Spanish nomenclatures, as follows:

p – thumb in English – pulgar in Spanish

i – index in English – índice in Spanish

m – middle in English – medio in Spanish

a – ring in English – anular in Spanish

The notes with an accent mark (>) should be played a little strong)

1.

imam

 

2.

mima

 

3.

mami

 

 

4.

amim

5. This exercise can be done with just one chord, as well as playing several times each measure before go to the next one. The same procedure can be used in the exercise number 6. The notes with stress and staccato marks (>.) should be played shorter and a little strong.

Right hand 1

6.

Right hand 2

Finally, by combining these models, we can get rhythmic variations that are often used by Samba players, like this:

first lesson variations reduced