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  1. Thanks for the info, Eugenio! Hopefully I will be in town that night...sounds like it will be a great show!
  2. Celso Machado is a guitarist whose work I am not that familiar with, but he happens to be visiting my city (Phoenix) this Spring: http://asuevents.asu...s-celso-machado What few compositions I've heard on YouTube seem very lovely, with a lot of traditional brazilian rhythms incorporated. Has anyone here either seem him perform live or listened to his recordings, and can tell me what to expect? Is he considered more a composer than a performance guitarist? Or both? Perhaps he is great but just not as popular as some others?
  3. Thanks for the info, randalljazz! A popular song that seems like it may have drawn some influence from this style is Gilberto Gil's 'Andar Com Fé': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu6VClyYrHE
  4. Here's another interesting style of music from Brazil, that seems to be associated with a particular dance. When I hear this music, it reminds me a little of a song that Milton Nascimento recorded, called 'Coração Brasileiro' (written by Celso Adolfo). I think most people outside of Brasil think first of samba or bossa nova (or nowadays, choro...especially if you're an instrumentalist) when it comes to Brazilian music, but it's always refreshing to hear these less popular styles. I wish I could write something that had the influence of this rhythm in it- but I think it sounds a bit easier than it actually is. Even though this music may not have contrapuntal complexity of choro, or the harmonies of bossa nova, there's something about it that I find really enchanting- it just seems magical. I love it - the vocal harmonies, the rolling of the 'Rs', the repetitive grooves! Maybe it's time I bought a viola caipira? hahaha Anyhow, the music/dance doesn't start till 1:30 into the video:
  5. Great video and great playing! Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed it!
  6. Thanks for the insight, Eugenio!!! Oh yeah...I agree it doesn't quite sound quite as full/rich on the guitar...but the sad thing is, and I'm almost embarassed to say it: due to my ignorance of classical music, Tardelli's version was actually the first version I'd ever heard of this particular piece(not just on guitar, but on any instrument!). What's funny is that I initially assumed Tardelli was the composer, and thought, wow...what a beautiful piece he has written! I couldn't get the music out of my head. There seems to be a transcription for this piece in a more convenient key for guitar, but I'm strange in that my brain gets 'locked' in the original key...for better or worse. My bigger problem will probably be trying to get the same or similiar voicings without using the thumb(I don't trust that this technique won't cause some muscle/tendon issues if not done correctly so I won't risk it- I also pray for Tardelli's sake that it doesn't cause him any problems in the future!). Anyhow, great hearing from you, Eugenio and Happy New Year to you, too! Hopefully much guitar playing in 2013!!!! PS. Still waiting (endlessly) for Marcus Tardelli to release his next CD(s)!!!
  7. Hi Eugenio! Thanks for sharing this music by Dori Caymmi! I've always enjoyed any composition of his that I've heard, even though I don't have any of his own recordings. That is an interesting tuning. I wonder if there was a particular intention behind that type of tuning, or whether Caymmi was just experimenting? It makes me wonder if his father, Dorival Caymmi, ever used this particular tuning and perhaps passed this to Dori? Hmmmm...
  8. Hi all and Happy New Year!!! May all have much music, peace, and happiness in the coming year! Haven't been here in a while but this discussion of alternate tunings caught my attention since I'm currently absorbed in trying to learn Marcus Tardelli's version (YouTube) of Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum(Debussy), which is kept in the original key(s). Although the 6th string in this piece isn't a hugely prominent a feature throughout, it starts out being tuned down to C and has a nice resonance (if you can keep it in tune! haha). Then, for the mid-section key change, I believe Tardelli changes the 6th string up to D, then back down to the C for the final stretch...all within the same song! I guess this amazes me because my current guitar would have no constant of 'if I turn the peg just 1/4 turn to the left it will now be perfectly tuned to D instead of C' hahaha. And even for Tardelli, I noticed that there were some pitch problems. So, I will probably just try to adjust 'blindly' (guestimate) and bend the string a bit if needed- adjust by ear. I've only worked through the part right before the first key change- I'm not sure how I'm going to get through the key change because that's when Tardelli starts doing all his thumb-work and unconventional harmonics! Anyhow, I find that when I'm in a musical rut, it helps a lot to change tunings - even if it's just tuning the 6th string down to D. Sometimes when the fingers reflexively return to the stale chord progressions, new possibilities emerge in spite of one's habits!
  9. I found this great recording of Guinga performing 'Contenda' and wanted to share (I love the way it builds to the climax where he sings 'Brasil e Africa '!!!)...so cool! :
  10. Obrigada, Guto. Quanto mais velha fico, mais cega! Mas a culpa é do Paulo Bellinati; ele me distrair com sua grande música! Espero que o Paulo vive uma vida longa, porque eu quero ouvir mais coisas assim!
  11. Estou ouvindo, de novo de novo de novo x 100! Que beleza do Paulo Bellinati...admirando esse homem mais e mais a cada dia! Obrigada por compartilhar, Guto! Cheia de arrepias... é uma coisa para compor algo para violão, mas para torná-lo bom para orquestra é outra coisa! Desculpe-me se o Portugues não é bom...como dizemos em inglês: 'a work in progress'.
  12. Thanks, Eugenio for clarifying the differences...always very interesting! Love the dance video! Not an easy dance, I believe...maybe even harder than the samba (pra mim)! Also, thanks for sharing the Nonato Luiz...great stuff...love that muted string effect and the great Asa Branca...I've heard it's like an unofficial anthem of Brazil? As for Marcus Tardelli...I just can't believe how fast he plays that! I think they will need to invent a new speed on the metronome just for this. haha
  13. zweshua, If you don't mind my asking, how long have you been playing guitar? Do you consider yourself beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc.? I think that even for an advanced player, these brazilian rhythms can be daunting, especially if you're not used to playing without a plectrum (e.g. I used to be a rock-n-roll player...Led Zeppelin, etc. so I totally understand!) I would try going really slowly in the beginning, just learning a few basic bossa nova rhythms. Some of João Gilberto's songs will probably be easier to start with than others. For example, 'Insensatiz' has a repetitive rhythmic quality and is slow. It also has a very typical bossa nova pattern with chord changes that are pretty easy. I found a decent set of videos on You Tube by a guy named Capital (a protege of Guinga's) who breaks the bossa nova down into small segments to make it easy to follow. I've actually met this guy in person...really decent teacher - and very patient. I'm not sure if he gives live video lessons but you may want to see if you can do something like that via Skype if you can't find a brazilian guitar teacher in your town. Anyhow here's the link to the first video (there are 5 total for rhythm): One thing I think is good to remember is to try to make sure your right hand is relaxed while playing. This is/was something I struggled with starting out and it became a bad habit...notice Capital's right hand is very relaxed as he plays. I had a lesson with a guitar player in Brasil who told me to think of the coolness of a malandro...a traditional brazilian character that's kind of hard for me to describe in English...maybe Eugenio can? Anyhow, he kept saying 'relax' 'relax' 'relax' hahaha. I still hear his voice in my head.
  14. It is so amazing to live in this time when we have greater access to music beyond our physical borders, so when I hear Chico Buarque sing "Para um coração mesquinho- Contra a solidão agreste -Luiz Gonzaga é tiro certo" I can watch You Tube videos and see why he wrote that. Anyhow, here's a song I really love. The rhythm confuses me because it seems kind of like a baião but it also seems to have a little bit of a maracatu rhythm? I also wonder, is there a difference between the baião and the xaxado? Or are they more or less the same thing?
  15. From the Brazilian side of this forum, I just heard this guitarist, Mario Ulloa, for the first time and really enjoy the beauty of his playing. I wonder if anyone can give any insight into his background? The only thing I could find is that he seems to be a teacher at a University in Brazil? Here is a video: Update: I guess he is a Costa Rican guitarist after all. Nevertheless, it seems worth sharing his music!
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