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The Brazilian Guitar

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Explore The Sounds Of Brazil

From the laid-back vibes of a guitar at the neighborhood boteco in Rio to the vibrant, party-like atmosphere of carnival in Salvador, Brazil is home to a musical landscape that’s as diverse and unique as the people within its borders. Influenced by its blended African, Indigenous, and European heritage, the country has created numerous exotic musical genres and traditions from scratch, most notably Samba and Bossa Nova. João Gilberto. Antonio Carlos Jobim. Gilberto Gil. The list of world-renowned musical originators and innovators is endless.

Experience the authentic sounds of Brazil.

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Tradition Becomes Accessible

Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, London-based guitarist, producer, and master multi-instrumentalist Rafael Valim lives and breathes Brazilian music. From contemporary styles to the classic sounds of Samba and Bossa Nova, Valim embraces it all. In addition to o violão – or the guitar – he is proficient in cavacho, mandolin, pandeiro, cuica, caixa, zabumba, repinique, rebolo and many other traditional instruments

Valim is the man that legendary Brazilian groups like Karametade call when they tour through London, as they know he can put together the local ex-pat backing band and lead them through the set. He’s performed at most of the iconic UK venues including Hammersmith Apollo, The O2, and Ronnie Scotts, and loves introducing the sounds of Brazil to new audiences.

Samba, Bossa Nova, Maracatu, Choro

Module 1 – Samba – Clave, Chords And Grooves20.21  

Introducing The Clave Of Samba 2.52

Samba Guitar Rhythms In The Right Hand 1.53

Left Hand Muting Creates The Groove 2.36

Moving Through A Samba Chord Progression 1.49

Adding Melody To The Bass 6.27

Practise With The Backing Track 2.21

Alternating The Bass Notes 1.02

Play Along – Up Tempo 2.21

Module 2 – How To Play Bossa Nova 17.30  

An Introduction To Bossa Nova 2.08

Learning Wave - Antônio Carlos Jobim 6.28

Adding Variations To Keep It Interesting 2.10

Varying The Right Hand Rhythm 4.36

Wave - Performing The Complete Song2.08

Module 3 – The Essential Sub-Genres Of Samba23.05  

Harmony & Theory - Brazilian Chord Approach 5.30

Samba De Roda Chord Substitutions 2.55

Learning Partido Alto Guitar 3.51

Pandeiro Rhythms Applied To Guitar 4.15

Introduction To Chorro 0.51

Learning The Ordeon Guitar Part 4.24

Performing Choro At Tempo 0.58

Practise Your Choro Guitar Line 2.21

Module 4 – Maracatu And Further Study 15.48  

Learning The Rhythm Guitar For Maracatu 1.38

The Evolution Of Brazilian Guitar 3.10

Lamento No Morro - Garoto 5.03

Brazil's 7 String Guitar Tradition 2.39

Autumn Leaves - Samba Style 3.58

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Intricate Rhythms, Exotic Melodies

The first step to understanding the roots of Brazilian music is understanding the percussion rhythms. This is easier said than done. Simply knowing the chords will not be enough to feel the underpinning grooves that make the music unique.

“We generally feel Brazilian music in 2/4 but playing like an authentic Brazilian involves more than just counting 1, 2, 1, 2 – you need to feel the clave and understand the percussion instruments, particularly the surdo and pandeiro. In this course, I will cover all of this and help you transform the way you play.”

In just 4 modules, you’ll become confident with Brazilian chord positions, substitutions, right-hand rhythms, variations, and other foundational techniques. You’ll gain a competent understanding of Samba, Samba De Roda, Bossa Nova, Choro and Maracatu and learn compositions from the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim and Garoto.

….. the smooth substitutions and chord extensions of Bossa Nova.

….. the percussive roots and grooves of essential Brazilian styles.

Popular Brazilian Drum Kit Rhythms

….. technical abilities to benefit all aspects of your guitar playing.

Learn Brazilian Drum Kit

….. the syncopated right hand rhythms needed to play Samba.

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Brazilian Guitar Techniques

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With this 1 hour 15 min course, you will gain a competent understanding of the traditional Brazilian guitar approach and learn about the rhythms, chord voicings and substitutions used in many genres. 

Tribal Fingerpicking Interactive on-screen Notation

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Receive your invitation to the next live masterclass and Q&A session and learn about the evolution of Brazilian guitar.

Brazilian Backing Tracks

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Put your new techniques into practice and Jam on recordings by the World Music Method tutors over different Brazilian grooves.

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