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Danza Rhythm

The Danza Rhythm is a 6/8 which should be played with accented shakes on the 1 and 4 of each bar. For this rhythm, we need to mark the number 1 with a downward motion by the left hand, with the exception of when starting which is done by both maracas. The patter is as …

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Bolero Rhythm with Maracas

The bolero rhythm is played using 4/4 and the maracas should execute 4 accents per bar. Theoretically, this rhythm can be played with 4 descending accents which can be done as follows: Right hand downwards Left hand downwards Right hand downwards Left hand downwards If we play it in this way, it will sound rather …

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Merengue Rhythm with Maracas

The rhythm of venezuelan merengue is very specific, as it is only played in 5/8. To play this rhythm, it is necessary to play bars of 5 accents each: Both maracas accenting downwards Right hand accenting upwards Left hand accenting upwards Left hand accenting downwards Both maracas accenting upwards First, we will demonstrate this at …

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Joropo Rhythm with Maracas

The rhythm of Joropo is very similar to Waltz when being played with the maracas, the main difference being it is played at a higher tempo. In the following video, you will see how the same rhythm we have recently learned as with Waltz but played at the tempo corresponding to the rhythm of Joropo: …

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Waltz Rhythm with Maracas

To execute the Walz rhythm, simply mix the two previously covered accents. One hand will play the golpe sencillo in a downward motion, and the other will do so for the golpe double up/down. These two movements make a rhythmic pattern based on 3/4, where each bar is composed of 6 accents or motions: up/down …

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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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Song: 50’s Three Chord Medley

Exercises Download the PDF with lyrics and chords: 50s-Medley-3-Chord-Ukebox-Uke-101-Video-Course.pdf Play Along! 1950’s Three Chord Medley Do you want to keep track of your progress? Register an account now to mark lessons as complete.

Song: Eleanor Rigby

Play the full song https://s3.amazonaws.com/video.tucuatro.com/Courses/JJUK0101+-+Ukulele+Basics/Uke+101+07+-+1st+Song.mp4 Download the PDF with lyrics and chords: Eleanor-Rigby-Ukebox-Uke-101-Video-Course.pdf Do you want to keep track of your progress? Register an account now to mark lessons as complete.

Chords Vs Notes

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