Lesson Tag: Cavaquinho

Song – Standard Am

The following song is a standard for Cavaco, it is played at the Am key and consist of only 5 chords, thus making it easy for you to get familiar with the strumming and pressing of the chords altogether: This song consist of the following chord progression: Dm / E7 / Am / Am Dm …

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Basic Rhythm Pattern

Until now we’ve only practiced the downward and upward strumming, but to be able to play a song, we’ll need to create a proper rhythm with these strums. Let’s learn a basic rhythm pattern for Cavaco. This pattern will be easy enough for you to capture the idea behind the complicated Brazilian rhythms. We will …

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Cavaquinho Speed Exercises

Double the speed EXERCISE #5 The following exercise will help you get faster with the Cavaco strumming, try following the pattern downwards/upwards but double the frequency every 8 measures. Double the speed EXERCISE #6 Now let’s practice the same strumming pattern but with only downward strumming. Double the speed EXERCISE #7 Strum with only upwards …

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Cavaquinho Strumming exercises

Strumming EXERCISE #1 The first strumming exercise will be at 80bpm, just move your hand downwards and upwards with a natural wrist movement and try to follow the tempo. EXERCISE #2 The second strumming exercise is at 120bpm, a little bit faster EXERCISE #3 The third strumming exercise is at 160bpm. This one goes at …

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