About the Cavaquinho, stringed instrument from Brazil

Course: Basic Online Course for Cavaquinho

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Are you ready to score the world of Brazilian music? This unique stringed instrument is a staple of folk music in Brazil, with a distinct shape and sound that sets it apart from other instruments. Whether you’re into Samba or Choro, the Cavaquinho is the perfect way to add some high-frequency notes and unique strumming patterns to your music. With its rich history and one-of-a-kind design, the Cavaquinho is sure to impress and inspire any musician looking to broaden their horizons. So get ready to see what all the fuss is about!

about the Cavaquinho

The Cavaquinho is a highly representative stringed instrument of Brazilian music culture. This four-stringed instrument has been integral to Brazilian culture for generations, with a rich history and culture behind it. It is widely used in many of the folk songs that have been passed down through the generations of Brazilians, making it an essential part of the country’s musical heritage.

Festivities in Brazil are abundant, and this instrument makes part of most of them. Using a Cavaquinho in Samba music, choros is mandatory. Carnivals in Brazil always showcase a Cavaquinho player as part of the roaster of musicians playing at every corner.

The Cavaco has a body shape with curves similar to a guitar and uses metal strings. But curiously, only uses four strings like a Cuatro or a Ukulele. The traditional Cavaco is built with between 17 to 19 frets, allowing for a wide range of notes and chords for playing traditional songs.

Moreover, some more sophisticated Cavaquinhos built by luthiers tend to have much longer fingerboards. Some even reach the sound hole and therefore have more frets. These variations are adapting the contemporary musical diversity and are suited for more solo music styles.

A traditional Cavaco

We would like to share with you a few pictures of a Cavaco that we recently sold at TuCuatro, our musical instrument store. This particular Cavaco is a Rozini brand instrument, which is one of the brands we highly recommend to our customers. If you are in the market for purchasing a new instrument for yourself, we encourage you to give the Rozini Cavaco a try. With its high-quality craftsmanship and beautiful sound, it is sure to provide you with many hours of enjoyment and musical exploration.

about the Cavaquinho
about the Cavaquinho

Pictures shown are for a Cavaco Rozini Electroacoustic

More details about the Cavaquinho

There are several similarities between a Cavaquinho and a Guitar. The shape of both instruments, for example. Also, the fact that both use metal strings. The notable difference would be with respect to the size of frets.

The frets located at the bottom of the fretboard on a Cavaco are often smaller and more difficult to play than the higher frets. As a result, many Cavaquinho enthusiasts and beginners tend to focus their playing on the first 3 to 5 frets of the fretboard, where the frets are larger and easier to play. While it is possible to play notes and chords further up the fretboard, it requires a higher level of skill and dexterity to do so effectively. By focusing on the lower frets, beginners can build their skills and confidence gradually, before moving on to more advanced techniques and playing styles.

Not to worry, in this course we will only be using the first few frets of the fretboard. We will start by teaching you how to play basic chords in our basic chord progression lesson, including chords such as the ones listed below. By focusing on these basic chords and simple chord progressions, you will be able to build a strong foundation for your playing skills and gradually work your way up to more advanced techniques and playing styles.


Learning chords on the Cavaquinho can be really fun, so you may want to go ahead and explore a few more. Luckily, our Cavaquinho Chords Calculator is available for free on our website. This tool is a great way to expand your chord knowledge and experiment with new chord progressions. With the Cavaquinho Chords Calculator, you can easily find a wide range of chords and progressions, making it simple to learn new songs and develop your own playing style.

In our basic Cavaquinho course, you will also learn a few basic strumming techniques and genres of Brazilian music. By mastering basic strumming techniques, one can begin to explore popular genres such as Samba, Choro, and Bossa Nova, opening up a world of musical exploration and creativity.

TuCuatro offers free courses for those who want to learn how to play the Cavaquinho. With no cost to you, you can begin your learning journey right away. All you need is a Cavaquinho to get started. TuCuatro provides an accessible and affordable way for individuals to develop their skills and knowledge of this musical instrument. So why wait?

Do you need a Cavaquinho?

If you’re in the market for a new Cavaquinho, we invite you to check out our selection at https://store.tucuatro.com/collections/brazilian-cavaquinho. The Cavaquinhos sourced by TuCuatro are of the highest quality and come in a variety of styles to suit your needs. Don’t miss out on the chance to elevate your music with one of our instruments. Visit our store now to see what we have to offer!

Shipping of the instrument is available to any address anywhere in the world!

If you would like to know more about the Cavaquinho, visit the Cavaquinho’s Wikipedia page. Wiki is an excellent source of information where you can learn more about this fascinating instrument.

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