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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. On the other hand, these waltzes were gradually transformed by chorões into a more Brazilian waltz, which would have a closer relationship with choro through the use of similar harmonic progressions and melodic lines. This style was called waltz-choro. This […]…

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Maninha | Lesson #116 | Solo Guitar2020-06-27T17:44:56-05:00

Você | Lesson #115 | Play & Sing

This lesson is about how to play and sing the song “Você”, by Roberto Menescal and Ronaldo Bôscoli. This song is very famous here in Brazil and has been recorded by many singers and jazz players around  the world. It is hard to translate the lyrics because they used a lot of figures of speech, anyway I gave it a try and you can see the result below: You, the morning of all that is mine You, that soon became night You, whose life I am And I know I’ll be You, a lovely and salty kiss You, in every vain afternoon Will come smiling in the morning You, a smile smiling light You, the […]…

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Você | Lesson #115 | Play & Sing2020-05-18T10:59:43-05:00

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 & Sing2020-04-26T09:02:58-05:00

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 Guitar2020-04-26T09:29:21-05:00

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