Aquele Abraço | Lesson #120 | Play & Sing

Gilberto Gil composed this song in 1969, during the dictatorship, when the military government decided that he should be expelled from Brazil for considering that his songs had a subversive content. In the lyrics, Gil says goodbye to many things in Rio de Janeiro. From neighborhoods to samba schools, and people.

Aquele Abraço | Lesson #120 | Play & Sing2021-01-27T10:54:45-06:00

A felicidade | Lesson #119 | Play & Sing

Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes wrote this song especially for the soundtrack of the movie Orfeu Negro, by French director Marcel Camus released in 1959, awarded the Palme d'Or in Cannes and the Oscar for best foreign film. According to Ruy Castro in Chega de Saudade, his book on the history of bossa nova, the song was composed against the will of Tom, who did not see the need to create a new score for the film, since it was based on the play Orfeu da Conceição, written by Vinicius de Moraes, with music by Tom himself, which had its debut in 1956, marking the beginning of one of the most celebrated partnerships in the history of Brazilian popular music.

A felicidade | Lesson #119 | Play & Sing2020-12-07T15:49:25-06:00

Gente Humilde | Lesson #118 | Solo Guitar

Annibal Augusto Sardinha started his career he was 11, and that is why he became known as Garoto (boy). In addition to standard guitar, he also played mandolin, hawaiian guitar, portuguese guitar, tenor guitar, and electric guitar. Although he has not lived for a long time (he died at the age of 40), his music influenced musicians like Baden Powell, João Gilberto, Raphael Rabello, and has been influencing generations of musicians until nowadays.

Gente Humilde | Lesson #118 | Solo Guitar2020-11-12T15:17:38-06:00

Coisa mais linda | Lesson #117 | Play & Sing with Solo parts

In addition to being a beautiful song recorded wonderfully by João Gilberto, "Coisa mais linda" is the name of a two-season series from Netflix premiered last year that tells a fictional story set in the 1950s, the beginning of the bossa nova movement. With many musical performances and good performances by the actors and actresses, it is a very nice series to watch that I highly recommend. Check it out!

Coisa mais linda | Lesson #117 | Play & Sing with Solo parts2021-01-27T11:00:54-06:00

Maninha | Lesson #116 | Solo Guitar

In addition to bossa nova, the waltz has been a musical style much appreciated by Brazilian composers like Tom Jobim, Edu Lobo and Chico Buarque, mainly to talk about love. In the early twentieth century, unlike samba and choro, European waltz was well accepted by society and was part of a common piano repertoire taught to young girls, daughters of wealthy landowners, businessmen and traders.

Maninha | Lesson #116 | Solo Guitar2020-08-14T06:52:26-05:00

Só tinha de ser com você | Lesson #114 | Play & Sing

In this lesson, you will learn to play and sing the song "Só tinha de ser com você", by Tom Jobim and Aloysio de Oliveira. A classic Bossa Nova song that has been recorded by many singers over time. I hope you enjoy playing and singing this beautiful song.

Só tinha de ser com você | Lesson #114 | Play & Sing2020-10-11T15:11:17-05:00

Progressive studies #8 | Lesson #112 | Solo Guitar

I wrote this Choro-style study for a guitar magazine in 2004. The other day, I was going through a lot of music books and old sheet music stored in a closet when I came across this piece. Then I thought, wait a minute, this is a great piece to add to the progressive studies series! So, here it is.

Progressive studies #8 | Lesson #112 | Solo Guitar2020-10-11T15:36:29-05:00

How to practice chord changes | Lesson #107 | Studies

In this lesson, I will show you what I consider to be a new approach to practicing and mastering chord changes. Although chord changes seem to be a basic skill for guitarists, it is not. It requires a lot of practice and patience. I hope this lesson can help you speed up this process.

How to practice chord changes | Lesson #107 | Studies2020-04-26T07:56:37-05:00

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